Occupational Employment Statistics


35-3021 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

Perform duties which combine preparing and serving food and nonalcoholic beverages.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 3,500191$11.93/hr$10.34/hr$10.38/hr$11.40/hr$12.69/hr$14.89/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities5,180$12.56/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services750$13.87/hr
Education and Health Services6,840$14.44/hr
Leisure and Hospitality52,700$11.32/hr
Other ServicesN/A$9.97/hr
Public Administration450$15.53/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Balance of State 1,230$11.57/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 1,540$11.33/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 1,590$12.11/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 1,910$9.79/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 2,230$11.62/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 2,700$11.39/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 2,850$11.28/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 2,950$11.40/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 3,050$12.04/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 3,070$11.55/hr7.7%
Northwest Minnesota 3,500$11.40/hr6.3%
Northwest Balance of State 3,900$11.37/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 4,280$11.66/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 4,760$11.41/hr3.6%
Southeast Minnesota 5,900$11.57/hr7.8%
Central Minnesota 7,060$11.45/hr9.3%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 39,260$11.63/hr15.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 44,260$11.57/hrN/A
Minnesota 66,060$11.57/hr12.0%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 6,890$11.61/hr2.2%
Food Preparation Workers 8,670$12.98/hr3.9%
Cooks, Fast Food 2,620$11.49/hrN/A

  • Accept payment from customers, and make change as necessary.
  • Request and record customer orders, and compute bills using cash registers, multi counting machines, or pencil and paper.
  • Prepare and serve cold drinks, or frozen milk drinks or desserts, using drink-dispensing, milkshake, or frozen custard machines.
  • Relay food orders to cooks.
  • Serve customers in eating places that specialize in fast service and inexpensive carry-out food.
  • Prepare daily food items, and cook simple foods and beverages, such as sandwiches, salads, soups, pizza, or coffee, using proper safety precautions and sanitary measures.
  • Select food items from serving or storage areas and place them in dishes, on serving trays, or in take-out bags.
  • Communicate with customers regarding orders, comments, and complaints.
  • Notify kitchen personnel of shortages or special orders.
  • Clean and organize eating, service, and kitchen areas.