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Working As A Deli Clerk

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $33,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Deli Clerk Do

Food preparation workers perform many routine tasks under the direction of cooks, chefs, or food service managers. Food preparation workers prepare cold foods, slice meat, peel and cut vegetables, brew coffee or tea, and perform many other food service tasks. 

Duties

Food preparation workers typically do the following:

  • Clean and sanitize work areas, equipment, utensils, and dishes
  • Weigh or measure ingredients, such as meats and liquids
  • Prepare fruit and vegetables for cooking
  • Cut meats, poultry, and seafood and prepare them for cooking
  • Mix ingredients for salads
  • Store food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage
  • Take and record the temperature of food and food storage areas
  • Place food trays over food warmers for immediate service

Food preparation workers perform routine, repetitive tasks under the direction of cooks, chefs, or food service managers. To help cooks and other kitchen staff, they prepare ingredients for dishes by slicing and dicing vegetables and by making salads and cold food items. Other common duties include keeping salad bars and buffet tables stocked and clean.

Food preparation workers retrieve pots and pans, clean and store kitchen equipment, and unload and store food supplies. When needed, they retrieve food and equipment for cooks and chefs. In some kitchens, food preparation workers use a variety of commercial kitchen equipment, such as commercial dishwashers, blenders, slicers, or grinders.

In restaurants, workers stock and use soda machines, coffeemakers, and espresso machines to prepare beverages for customers. In fast-food restaurants, food preparation workers may take customer orders and process payments.

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How To Become A Deli Clerk

Food preparation workers typically learn their skills through on-the-job training. No formal education or previous work experience is required.

Education

There are no formal education requirements for becoming a food preparation worker.

Training

Most food preparation workers learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting several weeks. Trainees typically start by working under the supervision of an experienced worker, who teaches them basic kitchen duties. Training also may include basic sanitation and workplace safety regulations, as well as instructions on how to handle and prepare food.

Important Qualities

Dexterity. Food preparation workers chop vegetables, cut meat, and perform many other tasks with sharp knives. They must have the ability to work quickly and safely with sharp objects.

Listening skills. Food preparation workers must understand customers’ orders and follow directions from cooks, chefs, or food service managers.

Physical stamina. Food preparation workers stand on their feet for long periods while they prepare food, clean work areas, or lift heavy pots from the stove.

Physical strength. Food preparation workers should be strong enough to lift and carry heavy food supply boxes, which often can weigh up to 50 pounds.

Advancement

Advancement opportunities for food preparation workers depend on their training and work experience. Many food preparation workers advance to assistant or line cook positions as they learn basic cooking skills.

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Average Length of Employment
Food Clerk 2.9 years
Clerk 2.4 years
Deli/Bakery Clerk 2.3 years
Cashier/Deli Clerk 2.2 years
Kitchen Clerk 2.1 years
Deli Clerk 2.0 years
Meat Clerk 2.0 years
Seafood Clerk 1.9 years
Deli Assistant 1.9 years
Bakery Clerk 1.8 years
Deli Cook 1.7 years
Deli Slicer 1.7 years
Deli Attendant 1.5 years
Deli Worker 1.4 years
Deli Associate 1.4 years
Top Careers Before Deli Clerk
Cashier 28.2%
Server 5.1%
Cook 3.7%
Volunteer 3.0%
Waitress 3.0%
Internship 2.8%
Manager 2.6%
Clerk 2.3%
Hostess 2.1%
Top Careers After Deli Clerk
Cashier 23.4%
Server 5.6%
Cook 4.2%
Internship 2.8%
Manager 2.7%
Associate 2.4%
Driver 2.3%
Prep Cook 2.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$33,000
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$17,000
Min 10%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Giant Eagle
Highest Paying City
Pittsburgh, PA
Highest Paying State
Pennsylvania
Avg Experience Level
1.7 years
How much does a Deli Clerk make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Deli Clerk in the United States is $33,391 per year or $16 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $17,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $63,000.

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Real Deli Clerk Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Deli Clerks Chatham Village Market May 01, 2015 $23,228
Deli Clerks Chatham Village Market May 01, 2014 $22,811
Deli Clerk 601 Old Country Road Corp. DBA Johns Farms Jul 11, 2008 $21,120
Deli Clerk 601 Old Country Road Corp. DBA Johns Farms Aug 27, 2009 $21,120

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Top Skills for A Deli Clerk

  1. Deli
  2. Food Preparation
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted Bakery/Deli Manager in ordering, checking in, calculating inventory weekly and monthly.
  • Maintained a sanitary work environment, restocked deli items and performed light food preparation.
  • Provided friendly and professional customer service taking and preparing orders for customers in a locally owned neighborhood grocery market.
  • Cashier, slicing meat and cheese, prep food, opening and closing store, cleaning counters and floors, customer service
  • Provide friendly and helpful customer service by fulfilling individualized customer orders and maintaining work areas to health department standards.

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Top 10 Best States for Deli Clerks

  1. Pennsylvania
  2. Connecticut
  3. Ohio
  4. Nevada
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Vermont
  7. New York
  8. Oregon
  9. Minnesota
  10. Massachusetts
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Deli Clerk Resume Examples And Tips

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Deli Clerk Demographics

Gender

Female

58.3%

Male

37.6%

Unknown

4.0%
Ethnicity

White

64.0%

Hispanic or Latino

16.0%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

5.5%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

68.3%

French

8.0%

German

5.3%

Chinese

2.4%

Russian

2.2%

Arabic

1.9%

Italian

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

Polish

1.7%

Korean

1.3%

Swedish

1.0%

Mandarin

0.8%

Portuguese

0.7%

Tagalog

0.6%

Bosnian

0.5%

Hebrew

0.4%

Romanian

0.3%

Dutch

0.3%

Somali

0.3%

Norwegian

0.3%
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Deli Clerk Education

Schools

Kaplan University

7.8%

Everest Institute

7.6%

Nassau Community College

7.1%

Suffolk County Community College

6.7%

Ashford University

5.8%

Miami Dade College

5.4%

Baker College

5.2%

University of Central Florida

4.7%

Johnson & Wales University

4.4%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

4.4%

Macomb Community College

4.3%

Middle Tennessee State University

4.3%

Georgia State University

4.3%

Valencia College

4.2%

Palm Beach State College

4.2%

Remington College

4.0%

Community College of Philadelphia

4.0%

Manchester Community College

3.9%

Liberty University

3.9%

Florida State University

3.9%
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Majors

Business

17.4%

Criminal Justice

8.8%

Medical Assisting Services

8.4%

General Studies

7.6%

Nursing

6.7%

Psychology

6.6%

Health Care Administration

5.8%

Culinary Arts

5.5%

Accounting

4.2%

Liberal Arts

4.1%

Computer Science

3.5%

Graphic Design

2.9%

Biology

2.8%

Cosmetology

2.7%

Communication

2.5%

English

2.4%

Education

2.2%

Pharmacy

2.0%

Medical Technician

1.9%

Hospitality Management

1.9%
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Degrees

High School Diploma

47.6%

Bachelors

17.7%

Associate

17.1%

Diploma

8.6%

Certificate

7.2%

Masters

1.1%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.1%
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