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Occupational Employment Statistics


35-3023 Fast Food and Counter Workers

Perform duties such as taking orders and serving food and beverages. Serve customers at counter or from a steam table. May take payment. May prepare food and beverages. Counter attendants who also wait tables are included in ?Waiters and Waitresses? (35-3031),

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Central Minnesota 5,980233$14.94/hr$12.09/hr$13.73/hr$14.53/hr$15.55/hr$17.76/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities2,780$15.70/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services80$21.67/hr
Leisure and Hospitality49,570$14.73/hr
Other Services110$13.12/hr
Public Administration340$19.32/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 960$13.85/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 1,350$13.52/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 1,480$11.54/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 1,490$14.28/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 1,940$14.19/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 2,160$13.90/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 2,170$14.46/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 2,700$13.69/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 2,920$13.70/hr11.5%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 3,230$13.96/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 3,250$13.80/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 3,450$13.86/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 3,580$14.13/hr14.5%
Northwest Minnesota 3,940$13.84/hr12.0%
Southeast Minnesota 4,930$14.11/hr13.3%
Central Minnesota 5,980$14.53/hr10.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 32,040$15.20/hr12.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 36,210$15.20/hrN/A
Minnesota 53,640$14.74/hr12.4%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Waiters and Waitresses 37,220$11.71/hr17.4%
Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 6,800$14.76/hr22.0%
Cashiers 57,760$14.41/hr-9.3%
Cooks, Short Order 1,130$18.35/hr12.1%
Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers 1,990$13.84/hr57.5%
Food Preparation Workers 17,050$15.67/hr-4.4%

  • Prepare or serve hot or cold beverages, such as coffee, espresso drinks, blended coffees, or teas.
  • Receive and process customer payments.
  • Take customer orders and convey them to other employees for preparation.
  • Accept payment from customers, and make change as necessary.
  • Serve prepared foods, such as muffins, biscotti, or bagels.
  • Distribute food to servers.
  • Describe menu items to customers or suggest products that might appeal to them.
  • 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.
  • Brew coffee and tea, and fill containers with requested beverages.