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Working As A Kitchen Assistant

  • 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

  • $25,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Kitchen Assistant 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 Kitchen Assistant

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
Kitchen Lead 2.4 years
Kitchen Operator 2.3 years
Kitchen Clerk 2.1 years
Kitchen Chef 2.1 years
Kitchen Assistant 2.0 years
Kitchen Cook 1.8 years
Kitchen Worker 1.8 years
Kitchen Helper 1.7 years
Kitchen Aide 1.6 years
Kitchen Runner 1.5 years
Kitchen Hand 1.4 years
Kitchen Crew 1.4 years
Kitchen Staff 1.4 years
Dish Washer 1.2 years
Top Careers Before Kitchen Assistant
Cashier 17.0%
Internship 6.8%
Server 5.7%
Volunteer 5.5%
Cook 4.8%
Assistant 4.8%
Waitress 3.5%
Line Cook 3.3%
Prep Cook 2.6%
Manager 2.6%
Top Careers After Kitchen Assistant
Cashier 15.6%
Server 6.8%
Internship 6.3%
Cook 5.9%
Assistant 4.7%
Volunteer 4.6%
Line Cook 4.3%
Waitress 2.9%
Prep Cook 2.8%
Chef 2.7%
Manager 2.4%

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Kitchen Assistant Demographics

Gender

Male

44.7%

Female

44.1%

Unknown

11.2%
Ethnicity

White

62.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Black or African American

10.1%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.5%

French

8.4%

Japanese

5.0%

German

4.3%

Mandarin

2.7%

Chinese

2.7%

Russian

2.3%

Italian

2.3%

Portuguese

1.6%

Korean

1.4%

Hindi

1.1%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Tagalog

0.9%

Cantonese

0.9%

Urdu

0.7%

Hmong

0.5%

Ukrainian

0.5%

Thai

0.5%

Hebrew

0.5%

Arabic

0.5%
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Kitchen Assistant Education

Schools

Johnson & Wales University

9.9%

University of Phoenix

9.7%

The Academy

8.0%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

5.7%

Liberty University

5.1%

Northern Michigan University

5.1%

University of Washington

4.9%

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

4.7%

Culinary Institute of America

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

Michigan State University

4.3%

University of Connecticut

4.3%

University of Oregon

4.1%

Mount Holyoke College

3.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.9%

Manchester Community College

3.7%

Kaplan University

3.7%

University of California - Davis

3.5%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.3%

University of Cincinnati

3.1%
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Majors

Business

18.0%

Culinary Arts

13.4%

Psychology

6.6%

General Studies

6.0%

Criminal Justice

6.0%

Health Care Administration

5.0%

Hospitality Management

4.6%

Nursing

4.2%

Accounting

4.0%

Liberal Arts

3.7%

English

3.6%

Medical Assisting Services

3.5%

Computer Science

3.5%

Biology

3.1%

Communication

3.0%

Graphic Design

2.6%

Management

2.5%

Food And Nutrition

2.4%

Finance

2.1%

Fine Arts

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

36.0%

Bachelors

34.7%

Associate

16.2%

Certificate

6.3%

Masters

3.4%

Diploma

2.7%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$16,000
Min 10%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
$40,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Constellation Brands
Highest Paying City
Los Gatos, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.7 years
How much does a Kitchen Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Kitchen Assistant in the United States is $25,633 per year or $12 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $16,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $40,000.

Real Kitchen Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Kitchen Assistants Hansen Investments, Inc. Keystone, SD May 01, 2015 $22,978
Kitchen Assistant Agoura Hills Senior Retreat, LLC Agoura Hills, CA Jun 16, 2008 $18,470
Kitchen Assistant Shin Corporation Albuquerque, NM Jun 06, 2016 $17,118
Kitchen Assistant Star JJ, Inc. Charlotte, NC Oct 13, 2016 $16,827
Kitchen Assistant Kwangsan, LLC Murray, KY Oct 31, 2016 $16,786
Kitchen Assistant Kimson, Inc. (DBA: Big Joy) Marietta, GA Mar 22, 2016 $16,765

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Top Skills for A Kitchen Assistant

  1. Food Safety
  2. Meal Prep
  3. Kitchen Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared and stored vegetables; maintained cleanliness and organization of kitchen; observed food safety and health regulations
  • Planned and assisted in meal preparation * Adapted recipes to fit various dietary needs * Worked with and adapted to unique environment
  • Instructed new staff in proper food preparation, food storage, use of kitchen equipment, and sanitation and safety issues.
  • Maintain quality control/satisfaction records, constantly seeking new ways to improve customer service.
  • Comply with nutrition and sanitation regulations and safety standards.

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