Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

35-3021 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

Perform duties which combine both food preparation and food service.

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)
2,140,740 1.0 % $7.40 $15,390 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $5.65 $6.18 $7.06 $8.25 $9.85
Annual Wage (2) $11,760 $12,850 $14,690 $17,160 $20,490

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Limited-service eating places 1,478,840 $6.97 $14,500
Full-service restaurants 136,410 $7.13 $14,830
Elementary and secondary schools 100,870 $8.59 $17,870
Grocery stores 97,770 $9.08 $18,880
Special food services 85,180 $8.28 $17,230

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Rail transportation 520 $12.72 $26,450
Federal government (OES designation) 8,500 $12.66 $26,330
Beverage manufacturing 70 $11.35 $23,610
Sea, coastal, and Great Lakes transportation 50 $10.91 $22,700
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 760 $10.90 $22,670

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
West Virginia 16,430 $6.42 $13,360 2.398%
Texas 207,670 $6.75 $14,030 2.233%
North Carolina 82,000 $7.00 $14,550 2.203%
Washington 56,040 $8.79 $18,280 2.170%
Alabama 39,370 $6.46 $13,430 2.151%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Connecticut 18,230 $9.17 $19,070 1.116%
Washington 56,040 $8.79 $18,280 2.170%
Alaska 5,050 $8.75 $18,200 1.723%
District of Columbia 9,010 $8.75 $18,190 1.494%
Massachusetts 47,780 $8.69 $18,070 1.529%

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
Jacksonville, NC MSA 2,190 $6.23 $12,970 5.713%
Laredo, TX MSA 3,350 $6.35 $13,200 4.314%
Grand Forks, ND-MN MSA 1,810 $6.44 $13,390 3.753%
Bryan-College Station, TX MSA 2,800 $6.77 $14,080 3.682%
Gadsden, AL MSA 1,250 $6.23 $12,950 3.492%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Bloomington-Normal, IL MSA 890 $10.31 $21,440 1.073%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 1,500 $9.56 $19,880 0.752%
Danbury, CT PMSA 860 $9.37 $19,490 0.942%
New Haven-Meriden, CT PMSA 3,410 $9.37 $19,480 1.331%
Santa Fe, NM MSA 970 $9.22 $19,190 1.281%

About May 2004 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.

All Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations

May 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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