Food Service Worker Statistics and Facts in the US
Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for food service workers in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:
- There are over 362,695 food service workers currently employed in the United States.
- 60.9% of all food service workers are women, while only 33.9% are men.
- The average age of an employed food service worker is 32 years old.
- The most common ethnicity of food service workers is White (67.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (13.4%) and Black or African American (10.9%).
- The majority of food service workers are located in PA, Philadelphia and NY, New York.
- Food service workers are paid an average annual salary of $22,006.
- Food service workers average starting salary is $17,000.
- In 2021, women earned 99% of what men earned.
- The top 10% of highest-paid food service workers earn as much as $28,000 or more.
- 7% of all food service workers are LGBT.
- Food service workers are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies.
Food Service Worker Statistics By Gender
Gender Pay Gap For Food Service Worker
Women Earn 99¢ For Every $1 Earned By Man
Food Service Worker Gender Over Time
This data shows how men and women predominate in the food service worker position over time.
Food Service Worker Male to Female Ratio
We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, saucier and vacuum kettle cook have the biggest difference in gender.
|School Cafeteria Cook||20%||77%|
|Food Service Worker||34%||61%|
|Vacuum Kettle Cook||81%||16%|
Food Service Worker Statistics By Race
The most common ethnicity among food service workers is White, which makes up 67.4% of all food service workers. Comparatively, there are 13.4% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 10.9% of the Black or African American ethnicity.
- White, 67.4%
- Hispanic or Latino, 13.4%
- Black or African American, 10.9%
- Asian, 4.5%
- Unknown, 2.9%
- American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.9%
Food Service Worker Race And Ethnicity Over Time
Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among food service workers.
- Hispanic or Latino
- Black or African American
Food Service Worker Wage Gap By Race
Average Age of a Food Service Worker
We determined the average age of food service workers based on ethnicity and gender.
Food Service Worker Age Breakdown
This chart breaks down the ages of food service worker employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of food service workers is 20-30 years old, which represents 41% of the population.
Types of Food Service Worker Degree Levels
The most common degree for food service workers is high school diploma 44% of food service workers earn that degree. A close second is bachelor's degree with 21% and rounding it off is associate degree with 17%.
- High School Diploma, 44%
- Bachelors, 21%
- Associate, 17%
- Diploma, 11%
- Other Degrees, 7%
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Food Service Worker Wage Gap By Education
Food Service Worker Employment Statistics
This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ food service workers. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most food service workers is the hospitality industry.
We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire food service workers.
< 50 employees
50 - 100 employees
100 - 500 employees
500 - 1,000 employees
1,000 - 10,000 employees
The Types Of Companies Food Service Worker Work In
Employees with the food service worker job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most food service workers prefer to work at private companies over education companies.
Top Industries Hiring Food Service Workers
Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ food service workers. Those industries include hospitality, health care and retail.
Food Service Worker Turnover And Employment Statistics
Food Service Worker Unemployment Rate Over Time
The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of food service workers changed.
- Unemployment rate
The Average Number of Years That Food Service Worker Stay in a Job
By looking over 60,904 food service workers resumes, we figured out that the average food service worker enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 34%.
Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Food Service Workers with Other Job Titles
After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to food service workers.
|Food Service Worker||7.12%|
|Cook House Supervisor||8.79%|
Foreign Languages Spoken By Food Service Workers
The most common foreign language among food service workers is Spanish at 65.1%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 7.2% and German is the third-most popular at 5.0%.
- Spanish, 65.1%
- French, 7.2%
- German, 5.0%
- Chinese, 3.2%
- Mandarin, 2.9%
- Other, 16.6%