FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.
APPLY NOW
Apply Now
×
FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

CONTENT HAS
BEEN UNLOCKED
Close this window to view unlocked content
or
find interesting jobs in

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign Up

SIGN UP TO UNLOCK CONTENT

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign up to save the job and get personalized job recommendations.

Sign up to dismiss the job and get personalized job recommendations.

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Already have an account? Log in

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Company Saved

Answer a few questions and view jobs at that match your preferences.

Where do you want to work?

Job Saved

See your Saved Jobs now

or

find more interesting jobs in

Job Dismissed

Find better matching jobs in

Your search has been saved!

Become A Food Service Worker

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As A Food Service Worker

  • 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

  • $23,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Food Service Worker 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.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become A Food Service Worker

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.

Show More

Show Less

Do you work as a Food Service Worker?

Send To A Friend

Food Service Worker Jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Do you work as a Food Service Worker?

Help others decide if this is a good career for them

Average Length of Employment
Food Service Aide 2.5 years
Dietary Worker 2.4 years
Mexican Food Cook 1.9 years
Kitchen Worker 1.8 years
Food Prep 1.7 years
Food Handler 1.7 years
Food Preparer 1.6 years
Kitchen Staff 1.4 years
Deli Worker 1.4 years
Mexican Food Maker 1.2 years
Top Careers Before Food Service Worker
Cashier 25.5%
Server 4.3%
Cook 3.7%
Volunteer 3.7%
Internship 3.3%
Waitress 2.7%
Hostess 2.0%
Top Careers After Food Service Worker
Cashier 19.2%
Server 4.9%
Cook 4.9%
Internship 3.3%
Volunteer 2.6%

Do you work as a Food Service Worker?

Average Yearly Salary
$23,000
View Detailed Salary Report
$15,000
Min 10%
$23,000
Median 50%
$23,000
Median 50%
$23,000
Median 50%
$23,000
Median 50%
$23,000
Median 50%
$23,000
Median 50%
$23,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Caspers
Highest Paying City
Denver, CO
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.2 years
How much does a Food Service Worker make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Food Service Worker in the United States is $23,414 per year or $11 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $15,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $34,000.

Real Food Service Worker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Food Service Worker Alpine Country Club, Inc. Demarest, NJ May 17, 2016 $27,987
Food Prep Worker Frank's Pizza of Mt. Arlington, Inc. Mount Arlington, NJ Sep 16, 2016 $26,270
Food Prep Workers CRU Ack LLC Nantucket, MA May 05, 2015 $24,835
Food Prep Workers Cape Cod Restaurants, Inc. Falmouth, MA Apr 01, 2016 $23,354
Food Prep Workers Cape Cod Restaurants, Inc. Falmouth, MA Apr 13, 2016 $23,354
Food Prep Workers Cape Cod Restaurants, Inc. Falmouth, MA Apr 11, 2016 $23,354
Food Prep Workers Cape Cod Restaurants, Inc. MA Apr 01, 2015 $23,228
Food Prep Workers CRU Ack LLC Nantucket, MA May 11, 2016 $23,207
Food Prep Workers Fella's, Inc. Vineyard Haven, MA May 01, 2016 $22,894
Food Service Worker Lake Naomi Club Pocono Pines, PA May 15, 2016 $22,498
Food Service Worker Lake Naomi Club Pocono Pines, PA May 17, 2016 $22,498
Food Service Worker Lake Naomi Club Pocono Pines, PA May 01, 2016 $22,498
Food Service Worker Cattle-Ac Steakhouse Sidney, MT Dec 20, 2016 $22,206
Food Service Worker Sutton Bay Golf, LLC Agar, SD May 01, 2016 $17,677
Food Service Worker MUY Pizza Southeast LLC Destin, FL Feb 19, 2016 $17,659
Food Service Worker Ocean City Donut Shops, Inc. Ocean City, MD Apr 01, 2016 $17,489
Food Service Worker El Portal, Inc. Marshalltown, IA Mar 01, 2015 $17,489
Food Service Worker Sutton Bay Golf, LLC Agar, SD Apr 21, 2015 $17,406
Food Service Worker Loma, Inc. Kingsport, TN Mar 02, 2015 $17,280
Food Service Worker Jalisco of Kingsport, Inc. Kingsport, TN Mar 02, 2015 $17,280
Food Service Worker Tres Rancheros Inc. AL Feb 01, 2015 $17,218
Food Service Worker MUY Pizza Tejas LLC Kenedy, TX Apr 04, 2016 $16,827
Food Service Worker MUY Pizza Southeast LLC Greensboro, NC Aug 12, 2016 $16,827
Food Service Worker MUY Pizza Houston, LLC Liberty, TX Aug 12, 2016 $16,827
Food Service Worker MUY Pizza Tejas LLC Crystal City, TX Sep 29, 2015 $16,827
Food Service Worker MUY Pizza Houston, LLC Lake Jackson, TX Nov 16, 2016 $16,827
Food Service Worker MUY Pizza Tejas LLC Kerrville, TX Oct 26, 2016 $16,827

No Results

To get more results, try adjusting your search by changing your filters.

See More Salaries

How Would You Rate The Salary Of a Food Service Worker?

Have you worked as a Food Service Worker? Help other job seekers by rating your experience as a Food Service Worker.

Top Skills for A Food Service Worker

  1. Food Preparation
  2. Kitchen Equipment
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Ensured cleanliness and operational readiness of food preparation and bar facilities
  • Perform regular maintenance on kitchen equipment as required by military sanitation codes.
  • Cross-trained and provided back-up for other customer service representatives when needed.
  • Set meal trays, complete dish room duties, put meals on tray down assembly line, and ran orders.
  • Receive and store food supplies, equipment, and utensils in refrigerators * Place food trays over food warmers for immediate service

Rank:

Average Salary:

Embed On Your Website

Top 10 Best States for Food Service Workers

  1. Vermont
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Alaska
  4. North Dakota
  5. Minnesota
  6. Massachusetts
  7. South Dakota
  8. California
  9. Nebraska
  10. Montana
  • (61 jobs)
  • (80 jobs)
  • (37 jobs)
  • (43 jobs)
  • (473 jobs)
  • (486 jobs)
  • (62 jobs)
  • (1,327 jobs)
  • (95 jobs)
  • (72 jobs)

Food Service Worker 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 60,904 Food Service Worker 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.

Learn How To Create A Top Notch Food Service Worker Resume

View Resume Examples

Food Service Worker Demographics

Gender

Female

56.0%

Male

31.2%

Unknown

12.8%
Ethnicity

White

63.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

3.3%
Show More
Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

65.1%

French

7.2%

German

5.0%

Chinese

3.2%

Mandarin

2.9%

Japanese

2.5%

Russian

1.9%

Tagalog

1.9%

Portuguese

1.8%

Italian

1.3%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Korean

0.9%

Polish

0.9%

Arabic

0.9%

Hmong

0.7%

Hindi

0.5%

Swedish

0.4%

Swahili

0.4%

Hebrew

0.3%
Show More

Food Service Worker Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.9%

The Academy

9.6%

Ashford University

5.9%

Pennsylvania State University

5.0%

Community College of Philadelphia

4.7%

Everest Institute

4.7%

Kaplan University

4.6%

Bowling Green State University

4.6%

Liberty University

4.5%

University of California - Davis

4.2%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

4.0%

Essex County College

3.9%

Houston Community College

3.7%

Monroe Community College

3.5%

Prince George's Community College

3.3%

Central Texas College

3.2%

Grand Canyon University

3.1%

Strayer University

3.0%

Camden County College

2.9%

Bryant and Stratton College

2.9%
Show More
Majors

Business

17.1%

Nursing

8.1%

Medical Assisting Services

7.9%

Criminal Justice

7.5%

General Studies

7.2%

Health Care Administration

7.0%

Psychology

6.6%

Culinary Arts

6.4%

Accounting

4.2%

Liberal Arts

3.2%

Computer Science

3.0%

Education

2.8%

Biology

2.6%

Communication

2.6%

Cosmetology

2.5%

Hospitality Management

2.4%

Food And Nutrition

2.4%

Human Services

2.3%

Nursing Assistants

2.2%

English

2.0%
Show More
Degrees

Other

41.1%

Bachelors

26.3%

Associate

16.9%

Certificate

8.4%

Diploma

3.6%

Masters

2.7%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.2%
Show More

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary

How Would You Rate Working As a Food Service Worker?

Are you working as a Food Service Worker? Help us rate Food Service Worker as a Career.

Top Food Service Worker Employers

Jobs From Top Food Service Worker Employers

Food Service Worker Videos

Food Worker Training Video - English

Personal Habits of a Food Service Worker

A Day in the Life of a Cafeteria Worker

Related to your recently viewed content