Updated August 22, 2022

Average Food Service Assistant Salary

$14.11hourly

$29,354 yearly

Entry level Salary
$23,000 yearly
$23,000
10 %
$29,354
Median
$36,000
90 %

How much does a Food Service Assistant make?

Food service assistants make $29,354 per year on average, or $14.11 per hour, in the United States. Food service assistants on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $23,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $36,000.

Location impacts how much a food service assistant can expect to make. Food service assistants make the most in Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, California, and Washington.

Highest Paying States For Food Service Assistants

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

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Food Service Assistant average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Minnesota$31,247$15.021,339
2New York$33,145$15.941,700
3Michigan$29,187$14.031,159
4Massachusetts$33,216$15.971,108
5Connecticut$30,438$14.63450
6Wisconsin$27,297$13.121,385
7Maine$29,375$14.12174
8South Dakota$27,701$13.32161
9Rhode Island$33,106$15.92119
10Washington$31,428$15.11747
11Utah$28,721$13.81391
12New Hampshire$27,657$13.30252
13North Carolina$26,534$12.761,485
14North Dakota$28,688$13.7996
15Ohio$26,334$12.661,394
16Vermont$30,469$14.6575
17District of Columbia$34,543$16.6176
18Colorado$29,728$14.29728
19Alaska$27,545$13.24153
20Delaware$29,267$14.07134
21Oregon$29,923$14.39393
22New Jersey$27,111$13.031,184
23California$31,798$15.292,743
24Montana$26,931$12.95150
25Nevada$25,784$12.40299
26West Virginia$24,273$11.67235
27South Carolina$24,910$11.98847
28Hawaii$29,291$14.08103
29Arizona$26,390$12.69708
30Iowa$23,881$11.48760
31Kentucky$24,370$11.72493
32Kansas$25,405$12.21344
33Wyoming$24,669$11.8678
34Nebraska$25,454$12.24237
35Pennsylvania$23,868$11.471,527
36Idaho$25,083$12.06193
37Maryland$26,861$12.91623
38Illinois$25,826$12.421,261
39Florida$23,495$11.302,204
40Virginia$24,503$11.781,174
41Indiana$23,237$11.17827
42Texas$22,963$11.042,579
43New Mexico$22,712$10.92247
44Mississippi$21,385$10.28326
45Tennessee$20,252$9.74794
46Arkansas$22,442$10.79257
47Oklahoma$21,981$10.57330
48Missouri$23,045$11.08563
49Georgia$20,580$9.891,280
50Louisiana$19,138$9.20380
51Alabama$18,954$9.11467

Highest Paying Cities For Food Service Assistants

Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Springfield, MA$33,219$15.97
2New York, NY$33,077$15.90
3Lincoln, CA$32,693$15.72
4Vancouver, WA$31,965$15.37
5Minneapolis, MN$31,241$15.02
6Eugene, OR$30,241$14.54
7Fort Collins, CO$29,912$14.38
8Kaneohe, HI$29,370$14.12
9Clinton, MI$29,257$14.07
10Fargo, ND$28,826$13.86
11Salt Lake City, UT$28,760$13.83
12Sioux Falls, SD$27,677$13.31
13Nashua, NH$27,671$13.30
14Milwaukee, WI$27,298$13.12
15Prescott, AZ$26,767$12.87

Food Service Assistant Salary Details

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Average Food Service Assistant Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Food Service Assistant's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$36,000$3,000$17
75th Percentile$32,000$2,667$15
Average$29,354$2,446$14
25th Percentile$26,000$2,167$13
10th Percentile$23,000$1,917$11

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Line Cook$32,895$2,741$15.81168,993
Cafeteria Worker$24,465$2,039$11.7631,802
Food Prep$25,840$2,153$12.42168,743
Food Server$25,209$2,101$12.12125,455
Food Service Worker$28,753$2,396$13.82169,323
Food Service Coordinator$32,085$2,674$15.4379,537

Which Companies Pay Food Service Assistants The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Fremont Public Schools and Costco Wholesale are the highest paying companies for food service assistants.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Fremont Public Schools$37,475$18.02
2Costco Wholesale$37,061$17.82373
3And Partners$37,012$17.79
4Benicia Unified School District$34,927$16.79
5Rowland Unified School District$34,540$16.611
6Jefferson Elementary School District$34,400$16.542
7The Prairie School$33,957$16.33
8Washington State University$33,929$16.31
9Worthington Industries$33,926$16.31
10Lawndale Elementary School District$33,922$16.31
11Peoria Unified School District$33,816$16.263
12Huntington Beach Union High School District$33,528$16.121
13Victor Valley Union High School District$33,404$16.06
14Alameda Unified$33,138$15.93
15California Montessori Project$32,874$15.80
16Sutter Health$32,838$15.7925
17WakeMed$32,732$15.744
18Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital$32,698$15.727
19University of Wisconsin System$32,390$15.573
20Salinas Union High School District$32,253$15.51

How Much Do Food Service Assistants Make In Different Industries?

Food service assistant salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the retail, transportation, and hospitality industries tend to offer much higher salaries for food service assistants. For example, food service assistants make a whopping average salary of $35,561 while working in the retail industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $30,565 in the transportation industry and $29,610 in the hospitality industry.

Food service assistants may want to avoid working in the government industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $28,077.

Highest Paying Industries For Food Service Assistants

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Retail$35,561$17.10
2Transportation$30,565$14.69
3Hospitality$29,610$14.24
4Health Care$29,556$14.21
5Education$29,034$13.96
6Government$28,077$13.50

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Food Service Assistant Salary Trends

The salary for a food service assistant 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.

Average Food Service Assistant Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Food Service Assistant Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$29,400$14.11+4.9%
    2021$27,900$13.42+4.3%
    2020$26,700$12.85+4.2%
    2019$25,600$12.30+5.7%
    2018$24,100$11.61+5.9%

    Recently Added Food Service Assistant Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Advanced Recovery Systems, LLCFood Services AssistantPalmer Lake, CO07/26/2022$29,218
    University of Nebraska Medical CenterAssistant Teacher/Food Service AssistantOmaha, NE07/26/2022$31,305
    Good Samaritan SocietyFood Service Assistant-EveningsStillwater, MN07/25/2022$28,905
    Promedica Senior CareFood Service AssistantGary, IN07/25/2022$31,305
    Promedica Senior CareFood Service AssistantNaperville, IL07/25/2022$31,305
    State of North CarolinaFood Service Assistant--Temporary SolutionsRaleigh, NC07/25/2022$31,305
    Good Samaritan SocietyFood Service Assistant-Crossville/Fairfield GladeCrossville, TN07/25/2022$22,957
    Good Samaritan SocietyFood Service Assistant-DaysArlington, OH07/25/2022$22,957
    University of Notre DameStudent-Food Service/Retail Cafe AssistantNotre Dame, IN07/24/2022$31,305
    Good Samaritan SocietyLead Food Service Assistant-Various ShiftsDavenport, IA07/24/2022$27,131

    Food Service Assistant Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Food Service Assistants the most?

    Massachusetts pays Food Service Assistants the most in the United States, with an average salary of $34,543 per year, or $16.61 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Food Service Assistant?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Food Service Assistant if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Massachusetts you should be paid close to $33,216 per year.

    What type of Food Service Assistant gets paid the most?

    Associate Food Scientist gets paid the most. Associate Food Scientist made a median salary of $43,865. The best-paid 10 percent make $49,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $39,000.

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