Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

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)
184,180 2.2 % $8.44 $17,560 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $5.85 $6.58 $7.82 $9.77 $12.25
Annual Wage (2) $12,160 $13,690 $16,260 $20,320 $25,480

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Traveler accommodation 36,480 $8.71 $18,110
General medical and surgical hospitals 35,230 $9.26 $19,260
Limited-service eating places 24,600 $6.45 $13,420
Nursing care facilities 20,140 $8.63 $17,950
Special food services 19,370 $9.77 $20,320

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Grantmaking and giving services (7) $15.61 $32,480
Legal services 90 $14.01 $29,130
Other personal services 140 $12.61 $26,220
Vending machine operators 80 $10.57 $21,980
Home health care services 240 $10.32 $21,460

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
New Mexico 2,120 $6.85 $14,250 0.284%
New Hampshire 1,630 $8.83 $18,360 0.268%
Minnesota 6,490 $8.90 $18,510 0.250%
Mississippi 2,630 $6.50 $13,520 0.241%
Oklahoma 3,290 $7.16 $14,900 0.232%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Hawaii 1,000 $11.39 $23,700 0.179%
New York 10,270 $11.19 $23,270 0.125%
Connecticut 2,340 $10.41 $21,650 0.143%
District of Columbia 830 $9.67 $20,110 0.139%
California 16,940 $9.61 $19,990 0.117%

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
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX MSA 740 $6.09 $12,670 0.474%
Las Cruces, NM MSA 270 $6.70 $13,940 0.459%
Lawrence, MA-NH PMSA 690 $9.24 $19,220 0.445%
Fort Myers-Cape Coral, FL MSA 790 $7.57 $15,750 0.412%
Anniston, AL MSA 190 $6.64 $13,810 0.409%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
New York, NY PMSA 5,210 $12.98 $27,000 0.132%
Bellingham, WA MSA 30 $12.74 $26,490 0.043%
Newburgh, NY-PA PMSA 70 $12.26 $25,500 0.047%
New Haven-Meriden, CT PMSA 330 $11.70 $24,340 0.130%
Jersey City, NJ PMSA 240 $11.67 $24,270 0.101%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

All Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations

November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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