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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
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 9,310165$17.30/hr$14.18/hr$14.78/hr$16.59/hr$18.98/hr$21.96/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities5,010$16.02/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services90$15.86/hr
Education and Health Services5,520$18.23/hr
Leisure and Hospitality6,160$14.72/hr
Other Services50$16.39/hr
Public Administration110$14.79/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 260$15.02/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 280$14.83/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 380$14.92/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 400$15.23/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 600$14.52/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 620$15.41/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 630$15.30/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 810$14.74/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 820$14.53/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 950$14.81/hr-3.7%
Southeast Balance of State 1,230$14.86/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 1,280$14.96/hr-6.5%
Southeast Minnesota 1,520$15.10/hr-7.4%
Northwest Balance of State 1,620$14.30/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 1,970$14.42/hr-7.5%
Central Minnesota 1,980$15.40/hr-4.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 9,310$16.59/hr-2.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 10,820$16.57/hrN/A
Minnesota 17,050$15.67/hr-4.4%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 6,780$14.28/hr22.9%
Fast Food and Counter Workers 53,640$14.74/hr12.4%
Cooks, Restaurant 25,720$18.19/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.