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Occupational Employment Statistics


35-2021 Food Preparation Workers

Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southwest Minnesota 1,19061$15.65/hr$11.95/hr$13.06/hr$15.06/hr$16.91/hr$20.09/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities5,450$15.42/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services100$15.14/hr
Education and Health Services5,450$19.54/hr
Leisure and Hospitality6,320$15.06/hr
Other Services30$16.32/hr
Public Administration20$24.20/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 250$15.88/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 290$14.64/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 350$15.71/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 360$15.27/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 630$15.26/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 720$14.76/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 770$16.19/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 810$15.02/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 860$15.07/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 980$15.13/hr-3.7%
Southeast Balance of State 1,150$15.06/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 1,190$15.06/hr-6.5%
Northwest Balance of State 1,480$15.06/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 1,490$15.06/hr-7.4%
Northwest Minnesota 1,850$15.06/hr-7.5%
Central Minnesota 2,300$15.79/hr-4.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 9,660$15.80/hr-2.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 11,260$15.73/hrN/A
Minnesota 17,500$15.53/hr-4.4%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 4,930$15.06/hr22.9%
Fast Food and Counter Workers 56,700$14.74/hr12.4%
Cooks, Restaurant 21,410$18.45/hr45.9%

  • Add cutlery, napkins, food, and other items to trays on assembly lines in hospitals, cafeterias, airline kitchens, and similar establishments.
  • Operate cash register, handle money, and give correct change.
  • Receive and store food supplies, equipment, and utensils in refrigerators, cupboards, and other storage areas.
  • Use manual or electric appliances to clean, peel, slice, and trim foods.
  • Keep records of the quantities of food used.
  • Weigh or measure ingredients.
  • Inform supervisors when equipment is not working properly and when food and supplies are getting low, and order needed items.
  • Load dishes, glasses, and tableware into dishwashing machines.
  • Scrape leftovers from dishes into garbage containers.
  • Remove trash and clean kitchen garbage containers.