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Working As A Food Service Coordinator

  • 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

  • $31,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Food Service Coordinator 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 Coordinator

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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Food Service Coordinator Career Paths

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Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Executive Assistant Assistant Manager
General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Teacher Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Coordinator Team Leader Assistant Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Coordinator Team Leader Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Coordinator Team Leader Store Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Lead Teacher Assistant Manager
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Lead Teacher Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Consultant Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Consultant General Manager
Food Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Executive Assistant Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Executive Chef Kitchen Manager Manager
Food And Beverage Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Executive Chef Kitchen Manager Supervisor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Executive Chef Kitchen Manager
Chef Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Event Coordinator Account Executive Owner/Operator
Food Service Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Event Coordinator Marketing Specialist Event Manager
Catering Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Event Coordinator Executive Administrative Assistant Business Owner
Entrepreneur
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Cab Driver Lead Cook
Dietary Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Administrative Assistant Owner/Operator Food Service Manager
Nutrition Services Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$31,000
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$19,000
Min 10%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Minneapolis Public Schools
Highest Paying City
Sacramento, CA
Highest Paying State
Nevada
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does a Food Service Coordinator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Food Service Coordinator in the United States is $31,929 per year or $15 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $19,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $52,000.

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Top Skills for A Food Service Coordinator

  1. Meal Prep
  2. Kitchen Equipment
  3. Food Preparation
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed light housekeeping and meal preparation.
  • Clean, Pack, Organize Kitchen equipment as instructed at the end of the summer.
  • Performed and implemented in-services in food safety and sanitation including hygiene, quality food preparation, estimating food requirements for patients.
  • Secured funding and developed a nationally recognized innovative food safety education program.
  • Followed food safety procedures according to company policies and health and sanitation regulations.

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Top 10 Best States for Food Service Coordinators

  1. Nevada
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Arizona
  4. Texas
  5. Alaska
  6. Utah
  7. Wyoming
  8. Florida
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Minnesota
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Food Service Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

56.3%

Male

30.9%

Unknown

12.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.3%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.1%

French

16.7%

Chinese

2.4%

German

2.4%

Hindi

2.4%

Italian

2.4%

Swedish

1.2%

Gujarati

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Norwegian

1.2%

Carrier

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Arabic

1.2%

Mandarin

1.2%

Korean

1.2%
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Food Service Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.9%

Johnson & Wales University

12.2%

Culinary Institute of America

5.8%

Ohio University -

4.2%

Wayne State University

4.2%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.2%

Community College of Philadelphia

4.2%

Baker College

4.2%

Northern Illinois University

4.2%

Kaplan University

4.2%

Grand Canyon University

4.2%

University of Akron

3.7%

University of New Hampshire

3.7%

University of California - Berkeley

3.7%

Valencia College

3.7%

The Academy

3.7%

Grand Valley State University

3.7%

Oregon State University

3.7%

Michigan State University

3.2%

University of Cincinnati

3.2%
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Majors

Business

23.6%

Culinary Arts

9.5%

Health Care Administration

7.0%

Hospitality Management

6.9%

Criminal Justice

5.2%

Food And Nutrition

4.8%

Management

4.5%

Accounting

4.0%

General Studies

3.9%

Psychology

3.7%

Communication

3.4%

Dietetics

3.3%

Nursing

3.2%

Liberal Arts

2.8%

Medical Assisting Services

2.6%

Sociology

2.4%

Human Services

2.4%

Social Work

2.2%

Education

2.2%

Marketing

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.7%

Other

29.3%

Associate

16.0%

Masters

9.7%

Certificate

6.3%

Diploma

2.7%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.5%
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