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Become A Deli Worker

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Working As A Deli Worker

  • 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

  • $22,361

    Average Salary

What Does A Deli Worker 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 Worker

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
Cashier/Deli Clerk 2.1 years
Pantry Worker 2.1 years
Deli/Bakery Clerk 2.1 years
Deli Assistant 1.8 years
Deli Service Clerk 1.8 years
Bakery Worker 1.7 years
Deli Clerk 1.6 years
Deli Cook 1.6 years
Kitchen Worker 1.6 years
Deli Attendant 1.4 years
Deli Associate 1.3 years
Cafe Worker 1.3 years
Deli Worker 1.0 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 24.6%
Waitress 6.1%
Cook 5.0%
Server 3.9%
Internship 3.7%
Manager 3.1%
Volunteer 3.0%
Prep Cook 2.4%
Teller 2.4%
Hostess 2.4%
Top Employers After
Cashier 20.4%
Cook 5.6%
Server 5.0%
Waitress 4.4%
Internship 3.5%
Teller 3.3%
Manager 3.1%
Prep Cook 2.8%
Volunteer 2.8%

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Deli Worker Demographics

Gender

Female

67.8%

Male

30.8%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

68.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Black or African American

9.8%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.8%

French

8.0%

German

6.8%

Russian

4.5%

Polish

3.4%

Japanese

2.3%

Swedish

1.1%

Portuguese

1.1%

Chinese

1.1%

Dutch

1.1%

Dari

1.1%

Carrier

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Arabic

1.1%

Korean

1.1%
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Deli Worker Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.0%

Ashford University

7.1%

Community College of Vermont

6.6%

Southern New Hampshire University

6.6%

Northern Michigan University

5.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.9%

Kaplan University

4.9%

Mohawk Valley Community College

4.4%

Liberty University

4.4%

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

3.8%

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

3.8%

Suffolk County Community College

3.8%

Hawkeye Community College

3.8%

University of Maine

3.3%

Santa Rosa Junior College

3.3%

Plymouth State University

3.3%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

3.3%

Grand Valley State University

3.3%

Utah State University

3.3%

University of South Alabama

3.3%
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Majors

Business

16.3%

Criminal Justice

8.3%

Psychology

8.0%

Nursing

7.1%

Accounting

6.2%

General Studies

6.1%

Health Care Administration

5.3%

Culinary Arts

5.2%

Medical Assisting Services

4.5%

Computer Science

4.2%

Graphic Design

3.9%

Nursing Assistants

3.6%

Biology

3.4%

Liberal Arts

3.1%

Education

3.0%

Communication

3.0%

Social Work

2.3%

English

2.3%

Kinesiology

2.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

43.9%

Bachelors

27.2%

Associate

16.8%

Certificate

6.8%

Masters

2.4%

Diploma

1.7%

License

1.2%

Doctorate

0.0%
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Real Deli Worker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Deli Worker Cross Sound Deli Services, Inc. CT Apr 06, 2015 $22,560
Deli Worker Cross Sound Ferry Services, Inc. Orient, NY Apr 01, 2016 $22,456
Deli Worker College Meat Center Inc. NY Jun 11, 2015 $20,030
Deli Worker Cross Sound Deli Services, Inc. CT Apr 01, 2014 $19,993
Deli Worker Krull Foods of HC, Inc. Hill City, SD Apr 20, 2016 $19,597
Deli Worker Cross Sound Deli Services, Inc. CT Apr 01, 2013 $18,971
Deli Worker Krull Foods of HC, Inc. Hill City, SD May 01, 2015 $18,908

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Top Skills for A Deli Worker

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  1. Deli
  2. Premier Customer Service
  3. Food Safety
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  • Supervised and communicated with vendors for efficient delivery of wholesale orders.
  • Adhere to food safety regulations* Prepare foods for restaurant use* Handle customer inquiries and complaints* Manage business transactions
  • Update and maintain inventories of food and kitchen equipment and supplies; assist in timely stock ordering from vendors and suppliers.
  • Request and record customer orders and give bill to cashier.
  • Provided excellent customer service* Effectively cleaned and managed the deli* Operated meat slicers

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