Industries at a Glance

Food and Beverage Stores: NAICS 445

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About the Food and Beverage Stores subsector

The food and beverage stores subsector is part of the retail trade sector.

Industries in the Food and Beverage Stores subsector usually retail food and beverages merchandise from fixed point-of-sale locations. Establishments in this subsector have special equipment (e.g., freezers, refrigerated display cases, refrigerators) for displaying food and beverage goods. They have staff trained in the processing of food products to guarantee the proper storage and sanitary conditions required by regulatory authority.

North American Industry Classification System

The food and beverage stores subsector consists of these industry groups:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in food and beverage stores. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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Nov.
2014
Dec.
2014
Jan.
2015
Feb.
2015

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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3,016.1 3,020.5 (P) 3,026.1 (P) 3,029.0

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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2,664.4 2,669.1 (P) 2,634.2

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2014

Butchers and meat cutters

112,660

Cashiers

957,600

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

164,230

Food preparation workers

150,090

Stock clerks and order fillers

502,130

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for food and beverage stores.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in food and beverage stores.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Oct.
2014
Nov.
2014
Dec.
2014
Jan.
2015

Average hourly earnings

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$13.77 $13.59 $13.76 (P) $13.73

Average weekly hours

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30.8 31.0 30.9 (P) 30.7

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Oct.
2014
Nov.
2014
Dec.
2014
Jan.
2015

Average hourly earnings

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$12.51 $12.48 $12.59 (P) $12.59

Average weekly hours

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28.9 28.8 28.6 (P) 28.3

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2014
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Butchers and meat cutters

13.70 14.47 28,490 30,100

Cashiers

9.26 10.31 19,270 21,450

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

18.38 19.65 38,230 40,860

Food preparation workers

9.67 10.55 20,120 21,940

Stock clerks and order fillers

10.38 11.50 21,590 23,910

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in food and beverage stores. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2010 2011 2012 2013

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

80 86 67 (P) 47

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

5.1 4.6 4.7 4.7

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

2.9 2.6 2.7 2.8

Cases involving days away from work

1.5 1.4 1.4 1.5

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.4 1.2 1.2 1.3

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(P) Preliminary

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction.

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Nov.
2014
Dec.
2014
Jan.
2015
Feb.
2015

Producer price index

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(P) 175.8 (P) 176.5 (P) 179.5 (P) 179.9

Percent change from previous month

(P) -1.5% (P) 0.4% (P) 1.7% (P) 0.2%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in food and beverage stores. Also included in this section is information on productivity, presented as the rate of change in output per hour of workers in the industry.

Establishments

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2013
1st quarter
2014
2nd quarter
2014
3rd quarter
2014

Number of establishments

Private industry

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145,655 (P) 144,814 (P) 146,060 (P) 146,494

Local government

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426 (P) 429 (P) 429 (P) 430

State government

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414 (P) 417 (P) 417 (P) 418

Federal government

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202 (P) 204 (P) 203 (P) 202

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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2010 2011 2012 2013

Labor productivity index, output per hour

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116.697 118.036 115.784 117.600

Percent change from previous year

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1.6 1.1 -1.9 1.6

Labor index, total labor hours

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87.270 87.013 89.615 89.843

Percent change from previous year

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-0.3 -0.3 3.0 0.3

Output index

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101.842 102.706 103.760 105.655

Percent change from previous year

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1.3 0.8 1.0 1.8

Unit labor costs index

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109.034 108.643 110.588 109.399

Percent change from previous year

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-1.1 -0.4 1.8 -1.1

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

See grocery stores in the Career Guide to Industries.

Data extracted on: March 27, 2015

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