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Food Service Associate Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$29,000
$21,000
$29,000
$38,000
Did you know that the average food service associate makes $29,099 per year? That's valued at $13.99 per hour! The range surrounding that average can vary between $21,000 and $38,000, meaning food service associates have the opportunity to earn more once they move past entry-level roles. Most food service associates find a job with retail and health care companies, while others work for health care, retail, and manufacturing companies to make more money. Those aren't the only places you can earn a higher paycheck. New York, Delaware and West Virginia are the top states in the U.S. to pay food service associates the highest salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Dover, DE
$40,855
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Map of Food Service Associate Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Food Service Associates earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Food Service Associate Salary By Location

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a food service associate is roughly $29,099 per year, which boils down to $13.99 per hour. Interestingly enough, food service associates have the highest salaries in New York, NY at about $41,225 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in New York, NY is $24,000. Additionally, food service associates make more than the average salary in Dover, DE, Brockton, MA, Philadelphia, PA, Warwick, RI, and Durham, NC. On a more broad level, food service associate salaries are highest in New York, Delaware, West Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Alaska, and Connecticut. On the contrary, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas offer the lowest food service associate salaries.

City
Average Salary
New York, NY
New York, NY
$41,225
$41k
Dover, DE
Dover, DE
$40,855
$41k
Brockton, MA
Brockton, MA
$37,087
$37k
Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, PA
$35,844
$36k
Warwick, RI
Warwick, RI
$35,410
$35k
Durham, NC
Durham, NC
$35,203
$35k
Salinas, CA
Salinas, CA
$33,314
$33k
Lafayette, IN
Lafayette, IN
$31,855
$32k
Omaha, NE
Omaha, NE
$30,633
$31k
Ogden, UT
Ogden, UT
$30,402
$30k

High Paying Food Service Associate Jobs

Average Food Service Associate Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as a food service associate, being employed by a company such as Ocean State Job Lot or TMC Healthcare would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like LifePoint Health and Hartford HealthCare also report highly competitive salaries for food service associates.

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Food Service Associate Salary History

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    Average Food Service Associate Pay By Industry

    As we previously stated, food service associate salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that health care, retail, and manufacturing companies tend to offer much higher salaries for food service associates. For example, food service associates make a whopping average salary of $32,942 while working for health care companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $28,047 at retail companies and $27,493 at manufacturing companies. But food service associates may want to avoid working in the hospitality industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $25,080.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Health Care
    Health Care
    $32,942
    $33k
    Retail
    Retail
    $28,047
    $28k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $27,493
    $27k
    Hospitality
    Hospitality
    $25,080
    $25k

    Food Service Associate Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a food service associate 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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    10/31/2020
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    $29,218
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    Biddeford, ME
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    10/31/2020
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    $31,305
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    Wilmington, MA
    Wilmington, MA
    10/31/2020
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    $31,305
    $31,305
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    Ione, CA
    Ione, CA
    10/28/2020
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    $32,035
    $32,035
    10/28/2020
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    Enon, VA
    Enon, VA
    10/27/2020
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    $21,496
    $21,496
    10/27/2020
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    Zeeland Public Schools
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    Zeeland, MI
    Zeeland, MI
    10/24/2020
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    $23,103
    $23,103
    10/24/2020
    Overnight Grocery & Food Service Associate
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    Schaumburg, IL
    Schaumburg, IL
    10/23/2020
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    $31,305
    $31,305
    10/23/2020
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    Dover, DE
    Dover, DE
    10/22/2020
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    $31,305
    $31,305
    10/22/2020
    Grocery & Food Service Associate-Woodland
    Grocery & Food Service Associate-Woodland
    Los Angeles, CA
    Los Angeles, CA
    10/07/2020
    10/07/2020
    $32,035
    $32,035
    10/07/2020
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    Food Service Associate-Pay Up To
    Concord, NH
    Concord, NH
    09/30/2020
    09/30/2020
    $31,305
    $31,305
    09/30/2020