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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

  • $24,000

    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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Deli Worker Demographics

Gender

Female

60.3%

Male

30.4%

Unknown

9.3%
Ethnicity

White

68.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.3%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

5.4%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

65.5%

French

9.2%

German

6.3%

Polish

4.0%

Russian

2.3%

Japanese

1.7%

Portuguese

1.1%

Chinese

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Korean

1.1%

Italian

1.1%

Swahili

0.6%

Swedish

0.6%

Romanian

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Mandarin

0.6%

Dari

0.6%

Carrier

0.6%

Arabic

0.6%

Lingala

0.6%
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Deli Worker Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.7%

The Academy

9.8%

Ashford University

7.1%

Kaplan University

6.3%

Pennsylvania State University

5.7%

Community College of Vermont

4.4%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.1%

Northern Michigan University

3.8%

Kent State University

3.5%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

3.5%

Brigham Young University

3.5%

Central State University

3.3%

Suffolk County Community College

3.3%

Western Illinois University

3.3%

Johnson & Wales University

3.0%

Sam Houston State University

3.0%

Michigan State University

3.0%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

3.0%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

3.0%

Hennepin Technical College

2.7%
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Majors

Business

15.6%

Nursing

9.0%

Criminal Justice

8.4%

Psychology

7.4%

General Studies

6.8%

Medical Assisting Services

6.0%

Culinary Arts

5.9%

Health Care Administration

5.7%

Accounting

5.6%

Computer Science

3.6%

Liberal Arts

3.4%

Graphic Design

3.0%

Biology

2.9%

Communication

2.9%

Education

2.8%

English

2.4%

Cosmetology

2.2%

Nursing Assistants

2.2%

Social Work

2.1%

Human Services

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

43.0%

Bachelors

26.8%

Associate

17.3%

Certificate

7.0%

Diploma

2.6%

Masters

2.3%

License

0.9%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
$24,000
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$15,000
Min 10%
$24,000
Median 50%
$24,000
Median 50%
$24,000
Median 50%
$24,000
Median 50%
$24,000
Median 50%
$24,000
Median 50%
$24,000
Median 50%
$36,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Sodexo Operations
Highest Paying City
Minot, ND
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.4 years
How much does a Deli Worker make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Deli Worker in the United States is $24,136 per year or $12 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $15,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $36,000.

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Top Skills for A Deli Worker

  1. Deli
  2. Customer Service
  3. Food Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Used my strong communication skills to deliver superior service to customers resulting in two awards.
  • Recognized for providing premier customer service
  • Adhered to food safety procedures, health and sanitation regulations and maintained quality assurance.
  • Operated all kitchen equipment adeptly.
  • Process customer orders to their specifications.

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