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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 6,400257$14.43/hr$12.22/hr$12.68/hr$14.55/hr$15.22/hr$16.17/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities3,670$16.17/hr
Financial Activities70$16.08/hr
Professional and Business Services180$13.52/hr
Education and Health Services90$21.10/hr
Leisure and Hospitality52,040$14.68/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration280$20.66/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 1,070$12.64/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 1,320$11.95/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 1,500$12.97/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 1,520$12.53/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 2,060$13.06/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 2,180$12.65/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 2,340$14.47/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 2,610$12.58/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 2,950$12.63/hr11.5%
Northwest Balance of State 3,440$12.70/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 3,580$12.74/hr14.5%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 3,600$12.79/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 3,620$12.66/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 4,200$12.70/hr12.0%
Southeast Minnesota 5,260$12.86/hr13.3%
Central Minnesota 6,400$14.55/hr10.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 34,160$14.90/hr12.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 38,360$14.87/hrN/A
Minnesota 56,700$14.74/hr12.4%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Waiters and Waitresses 32,510$13.76/hr17.4%
Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 4,590$13.74/hr22.0%
Cashiers 61,520$14.70/hr-9.3%
Cooks, Short Order 1,940$16.67/hr12.1%
Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers 1,130$13.11/hr57.5%
Food Preparation Workers 17,500$15.53/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.