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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

  • $17,222

    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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Deli Clerk Demographics

Gender

Female

62.1%

Male

36.3%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

80.5%

Hispanic or Latino

11.8%

Asian

5.8%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

65.5%

French

7.5%

German

6.9%

Korean

2.0%

Italian

2.0%

Chinese

2.0%

Japanese

2.0%

Polish

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Russian

1.8%

Portuguese

1.2%

Swedish

1.0%

Mandarin

0.8%

Hebrew

0.8%

Bosnian

0.6%

Romanian

0.4%

Cheyenne

0.4%

Somali

0.4%

Turkish

0.4%

Norwegian

0.4%
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Deli Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.9%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

7.6%

Suffolk County Community College

6.7%

Kaplan University

6.1%

Ashford University

5.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.9%

Grand Canyon University

4.6%

Dutchess Community College

4.1%

Nassau Community College

4.1%

Palm Beach State College

4.1%

Santa Fe College

3.8%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.8%

Grand Rapids Community College

3.7%

Grand Valley State University

3.5%

Sierra College

3.4%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

3.4%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.4%

Santa Rosa Junior College

3.4%

University of Central Florida

3.3%

Liberty University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

18.0%

Criminal Justice

9.4%

General Studies

7.2%

Medical Assisting Services

7.1%

Health Care Administration

6.7%

Psychology

6.6%

Nursing

5.7%

Culinary Arts

5.2%

Accounting

5.0%

Liberal Arts

4.3%

Computer Science

3.2%

Communication

3.1%

Biology

3.0%

English

2.5%

Education

2.4%

Graphic Design

2.3%

Cosmetology

2.2%

Nursing Assistants

2.2%

Medical Technician

1.9%

Management

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

42.0%

Bachelors

26.0%

Associate

19.2%

Certificate

7.0%

Diploma

2.7%

Masters

2.4%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Deli Clerk Salaries

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

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Top Skills for A Deli Clerk

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Top Deli Clerk Skills

  1. Outstanding Customer Service
  2. Deli Meats
  3. Prep Food
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Harnessed outstanding customer service skills via inbound calls and face to face interaction.
  • Sliced and weighed deli meats and cheeses.
  • Sliced cold cuts and prep food !
  • Stock, prepare, arrange, and serve deli products to customers while actively marketing products to increase sales.
  • Help customer at the deli, bakery and hot foods Slice lunch meats and cheeses Complete catering orders Keeping work area clean

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