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Working As A Food Service Associate

  • 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 Food Service Associate 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 Food Service Associate

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
Food Clerk 2.9 years
Food Sales Clerk 2.5 years
Food Service Aide 2.5 years
Food Server 2.4 years
Food Handler 1.7 years
Food Prep 1.7 years
Food Preparer 1.6 years
Kitchen Staff 1.4 years
Top Careers Before Food Service Associate
Cashier 18.5%
Server 5.5%
Internship 5.4%
Volunteer 4.7%
Associate 3.9%
Hostess 2.7%
Waitress 2.7%
Cook 2.6%
Manager 2.4%
Top Careers After Food Service Associate
Cashier 13.6%
Associate 5.1%
Internship 5.1%
Server 4.8%
Volunteer 3.6%
Cook 3.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$24,000
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$14,000
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%
$38,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Marathon Petroleum
Highest Paying City
Kearney, NE
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.0 years
How much does a Food Service Associate make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Food Service Associate in the United States is $24,072 per year or $12 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $14,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $38,000.

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Top Skills for A Food Service Associate

  1. Customer Service
  2. Food Preparation
  3. Kitchen Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided a high level of customer service and order accuracy based on outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Handled cash registers, taking orders, food preparation, cleaning procedures, serving meals to customers and full customer interaction.
  • Operated kitchen equipment according to sanitary and safety regulations.
  • Assisted with food preparation and meal delivery to inpatients * Prepare meal trays to nutritional requirements for delivery
  • Operate food service equipment, Catering, Preparing for food production, Handling cash register.

Food Service Associate Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 3,811 Food Service Associate resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Food Service Associate Demographics

Gender

Female

55.0%

Male

33.4%

Unknown

11.6%
Ethnicity

White

63.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.0%

French

11.3%

Chinese

5.2%

German

4.1%

Portuguese

3.1%

Russian

2.1%

Filipino

1.0%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Ukrainian

1.0%

Mandarin

1.0%

Tagalog

1.0%

Korean

1.0%

Arabic

1.0%
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Food Service Associate Education

Schools

San Diego State University

18.8%

Western Michigan University

7.5%

Georgia Southern University

6.9%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

6.3%

University of Phoenix

6.3%

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

4.4%

Monroe Community College

4.4%

Community College of Philadelphia

4.1%

Michigan State University

4.1%

The Academy

4.1%

University of Maryland - Eastern Shore

3.8%

Johnson & Wales University

3.8%

Everest Institute

3.4%

Grand Valley State University

3.4%

Wayne State University

3.1%

Ashford University

3.1%

Eastern Michigan University

3.1%

Des Moines Area Community College

3.1%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.1%

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

3.1%
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Majors

Business

18.2%

Psychology

8.5%

Criminal Justice

8.4%

Medical Assisting Services

6.2%

Health Care Administration

5.8%

General Studies

5.7%

Nursing

5.4%

Culinary Arts

4.9%

Communication

4.1%

Biology

3.9%

Accounting

3.6%

Liberal Arts

3.5%

Hospitality Management

3.2%

English

3.1%

Computer Science

3.0%

Education

3.0%

Dietetics

2.4%

Finance

2.4%

Sociology

2.4%

Medical Technician

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.8%

Other

32.2%

Associate

16.3%

Certificate

6.0%

Masters

4.7%

Diploma

2.2%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.2%
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