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How Much Does a Food Prep Earn In The United States?

Food Prep Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$23,000
$17,000
$23,000
$32,000
Did you know that the average food prep makes $23,694 per year? That's valued at $11.39 per hour! The range surrounding that average can vary between $17,000 and $32,000, meaning food preps have the opportunity to earn more once they move past entry-level roles. Most food preps find a job with hospitality and retail companies, while others work for pharmaceutical, retail, and health care companies to make more money. Those aren't the only places you can earn a higher paycheck. California, Washington and Oregon are the top states in the U.S. to pay food preps the highest salaries.
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Where Food Preps Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where food preps earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

How Much Do Food Preps Earn In Different Cities?

While a food prep can average a salary of $23,694 per year, or $11.39 per hour, there are many opportunities for food preps to make more. For example, in Walnut Creek, CA you might make $34,023 per year. Other high-paying locations include Seattle, WA, Salem, OR and Brentwood, NY. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Walnut Creek, CA where the average starting salary is $24,000. The highest paying states for food preps include California, Washington and Oregon. Meanwhile, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and North Carolina offer the lowest salaries.
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1. Walnut Creek, CA
$34,023
Avg. Salary
$16k
$40k
2. Seattle, WA
$31,919
Avg. Salary
$16k
$40k
3. Salem, OR
$31,269
Avg. Salary
$16k
$40k
4. Brentwood, NY
$29,790
Avg. Salary
$16k
$40k
5. Big Spring, TX
$28,328
Avg. Salary
$16k
$40k
6. Denver, CO
$26,066
Avg. Salary
$16k
$40k

High Paying Food Prep Jobs

Which Companies Pay Food Preps The Most?

If you want to get paid the most as a food prep, being employed by a company such as Paradise Valley Community College or Canteen Service would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Kroger and Brigham Young University also report highly competitive salaries for food preps.
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Food Prep Salary History

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    How Much Do Food Preps Make In Different Industries?

    The salary for a food prep can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for food preps tend to be found in pharmaceutical, retail, and health care companies. In fact, food preps can make a yearly salary of $25,864 while working for pharmaceutical companies.
    1. Pharmaceutical
    $25,864
    Avg. Salary
    $17k
    $28k
    2. Retail
    $25,619
    Avg. Salary
    $17k
    $28k
    3. Health Care
    $24,385
    Avg. Salary
    $17k
    $28k
    4. Hospitality
    $19,827
    Avg. Salary
    $17k
    $28k

    How Experience Affects Food Prep Salaries

    The salary for a food prep can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Recently Added Food Prep Salaries

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    $22,540
    $22,540
    03/27/2021
    Food Service-Boone County Jail
    Food Service-Boone County Jail
    Columbia, MO
    Columbia, MO
    03/27/2021
    03/27/2021
    $27,131
    $27,131
    03/27/2021
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    Food Services Saunders Staffing Glenville WV
    Food Services Saunders Staffing Glenville WV
    Glenville, WV
    Glenville, WV
    03/26/2021
    03/26/2021
    $19,827
    $19,827
    03/26/2021
    Food Service-Substitute
    Food Service-Substitute
    Grandville, MI
    Grandville, MI
    03/25/2021
    03/25/2021
    $24,001
    $24,001
    03/25/2021
    Temp Food Services, Whit's End
    Temp Food Services, Whit's End
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Colorado Springs, CO
    03/23/2021
    03/23/2021
    $26,484
    $26,484
    03/23/2021
    Food Service, Multiple Outlets-(AGE Round Seasonal
    Food Service, Multiple Outlets-(AGE Round Seasonal
    Saint Louis, MO
    Saint Louis, MO
    03/16/2021
    03/16/2021
    $25,044
    $25,044
    03/16/2021
    General Dietary I-Food & Nutrition Services-Per Diem-Variable Shifts
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    Fremont, CA
    Fremont, CA
    03/12/2021
    03/12/2021
    $61,253
    $61,253
    03/12/2021
    Metroparks
    Metroparks
    Golf Course Food Service-Huron Meadows Metropark
    Golf Course Food Service-Huron Meadows Metropark
    Golf Course Food Service-Huron Meadows Metropark
    Brighton, MI
    Brighton, MI
    03/10/2021
    03/10/2021
    $22,331
    $22,331
    03/10/2021
    Huron-Clinton Metroparks
    Huron-Clinton Metroparks
    Golf Course Food Service-Huron Meadows Metropark
    Golf Course Food Service-Huron Meadows Metropark
    Golf Course Food Service-Huron Meadows Metropark
    Brighton, MI
    Brighton, MI
    03/10/2021
    03/10/2021
    $22,331
    $22,331
    03/10/2021
    Food Service-Summer 2021
    Food Service-Summer 2021
    Tippecanoe, OH
    Tippecanoe, OH
    03/06/2021
    03/06/2021
    $24,001
    $24,001
    03/06/2021