Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

35-3041 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant

Serve food to patrons outside of a restaurant environment, such as in hotels, hospital rooms, or cars. Exclude "Door-to-Door Sales Workers, News and Street Vendors, and Related Workers" (41-9091) and "Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop" (35-3022).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
194,260 2.2 % $8.28 $17,220 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $5.82 $6.50 $7.65 $9.49 $11.90
Annual Wage (2) $12,110 $13,520 $15,910 $19,740 $24,750

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Traveler accommodation 39,760 $8.55 $17,780 1 15
General medical and surgical hospitals 34,740 $9.17 $19,080 2 9
Limited-service eating places 27,700 $6.40 $13,310 3 44
Nursing care facilities 20,090 $8.49 $17,650 4 16
Special food services 18,710 $9.47 $19,700 5 8

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Grantmaking and giving services (6) $16.37 $34,050 (6) 1
Legal services 80 $13.99 $29,100 33 2
Vending machine operators 90 $10.42 $21,670 32 3
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 2,330 $10.41 $21,650 9 4
Home health care services 270 $10.17 $21,150 25 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New Mexico 2,190 $6.96 $14,490 0.298% 588
Mississippi 2,650 $6.51 $13,540 0.244% 660
Minnesota 6,270 $8.69 $18,070 0.241% 678
New Hampshire 1,430 $8.26 $17,170 0.236% 580
Oklahoma 3,320 $7.03 $14,630 0.234% 667

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Hawaii 1,210 $12.29 $25,570 0.219% 401
New York 10,440 $11.01 $22,890 0.126% 653
Connecticut 2,910 $9.80 $20,380 0.177% 609
Alaska 160 $9.77 $20,330 0.055% 465
Massachusetts 5,510 $9.42 $19,600 0.174% 675

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
New London-Norwich, CT-RI MSA 650 $8.52 $17,720 0.452%
Grand Forks, ND-MN MSA 200 $8.72 $18,130 0.419%
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX MSA 600 $6.20 $12,900 0.392%
Lewiston-Auburn, ME MSA 180 $8.15 $16,960 0.386%
Asheville, NC MSA 410 $6.85 $14,240 0.377%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
New York, NY PMSA 5,290 $12.85 $26,720 0.133%
New Haven-Meriden, CT PMSA 390 $11.77 $24,470 0.154%
Jersey City, NJ PMSA (6) $11.27 $23,440 (6)
Ann Arbor, MI PMSA 320 $11.19 $23,280 0.115%
Newburgh, NY-PA PMSA 70 $11.14 $23,170 0.052%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(6) Estimates not released.

All Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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