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How Much Does a Food Service Assistant Earn In The United States?

Food Service Assistant Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$25,000
$17,000
$25,000
$36,000
The average food service assistant makes about $25,486 per year. That's $12.25 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $17,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $36,000. Many of food service assistants seem to be drawn to health care and education companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case food service assistants tend to work at retail, education, and health care companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that New York, Delaware and Rhode Island pay food service assistants the highest salaries.
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Where Food Service Assistants Earn The Most

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

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How Much Do Food Service Assistants Earn In Different Cities?

While a food service assistant can average a salary of $25,486 per year, or $12.25 per hour, there are many opportunities for food service assistants to make more. For example, in Rochester, NY you might make $35,268 per year. Other high-paying locations include Newark, NJ, Boston, MA and Asheville, NC. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Rochester, NY where the average starting salary is $21,000. The highest paying states for food service assistants include New York, Delaware and Rhode Island. Meanwhile, Kansas, Utah, and South Dakota offer the lowest salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary

Rochester, NY

Salary Range27k - 45k$35k$35,268

Newark, NJ

Salary Range24k - 47k$34k$33,840

Boston, MA

Salary Range27k - 40k$33k$33,216

Asheville, NC

Salary Range23k - 44k$32k$32,122

Dallas, TX

Salary Range21k - 43k$30k$30,456

Fargo, ND

Salary Range24k - 35k$29k$29,477

Alameda, CA

Salary Range23k - 35k$29k$29,006

Minneapolis, MN

Salary Range23k - 35k$29k$28,693

Detroit, MI

Salary Range20k - 38k$28k$28,387

Vancouver, WA

Salary Range24k - 33k$28k$28,197
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$47k

High Paying Food Service Assistant Jobs

Which Companies Pay Food Service Assistants The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like University of Notre Dame and St. Luke's Hospital as they offer the highest salaries for food service assistants.
Company
Company
Average Salary
University of Notre Dame
Salary Range38k - 46k$42k$42,223
St. Luke's Hospital
Salary Range35k - 47k$41k$41,301
Three Rivers Holdings
Salary Range34k - 40k$37k$37,072
Washington State Employees Credit Union
Salary Range34k - 38k$36k$36,276
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Salary Range31k - 37k$34k$34,209
Giant Eagle
Salary Range29k - 31k$31k$30,596
Costco Wholesale
Salary Range28k - 30k$30k$29,569
Catholic Charities USA
Salary Range27k - 29k$29k$28,866
WesleyLife
Salary Range27k - 29k$29k$28,717
Providence Health & Services
Salary Range27k - 29k$29k$28,635
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$47k

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    How Much Do Food Service Assistants Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, food service assistant salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that retail, education, and health care companies tend to offer much higher salaries for food service assistants. For example, food service assistants make a whopping average salary of $28,826 while working for retail companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $26,476 at education companies and $25,483 at health care companies. But food service assistants may want to avoid working in the hospitality industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $22,172.
    Industry
    Average Salary

    Retail

    Salary Range27k - 30k$29k$28,826

    Education

    Salary Range24k - 28k$26k$26,476

    Health Care

    Salary Range23k - 27k$25k$25,483

    Manufacturing

    Salary Range21k - 24k$23k$22,869

    Hospitality

    Salary Range20k - 23k$22k$22,172
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    How Experience Affects Food Service Assistant Salaries

    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.

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