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Working As A Kitchen Helper

  • 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

  • $19,788

    Average Salary

What Does A Kitchen Helper 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 Helper

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 Clerk 2.3 years
Kitchen Helper 2.0 years
Kitchen Assistant 1.6 years
Kitchen Worker 1.6 years
Helper 1.6 years
Kitchen Aide 1.5 years
Kitchen Staff 1.4 years
Kitchen Hand 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 20.6%
Cook 5.9%
Server 4.8%
Waitress 4.2%
Teller 4.2%
Volunteer 4.2%
Prep Cook 3.5%
Internship 3.2%
Janitor 3.2%
Manager 2.9%
Assistant 2.6%
Top Employers After
Cashier 15.5%
Cook 8.8%
Server 5.5%
Line Cook 5.0%
Internship 3.9%
Prep Cook 3.6%
Janitor 3.4%
Volunteer 3.4%
Teller 3.4%
Cleaner 3.0%
Waitress 2.8%

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Kitchen Helper Demographics

Gender

Male

50.1%

Female

48.1%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

60.9%

Hispanic or Latino

18.7%

Black or African American

9.4%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.7%

French

8.0%

Cantonese

3.3%

Italian

3.3%

Chinese

3.3%

Japanese

3.3%

Mandarin

2.7%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Thai

2.0%

Filipino

2.0%

Portuguese

2.0%

Hindi

1.3%

Malay

1.3%

Nepali

1.3%

Russian

1.3%

Arabic

1.3%

Swedish

0.7%

Hmong

0.7%

Korean

0.7%

Bulgarian

0.7%
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Kitchen Helper Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.8%

Ashford University

8.1%

Kirkwood Community College

7.3%

Iowa State University

6.5%

Sinclair Community College

4.9%

College of Southern Nevada

4.9%

Onondaga Community College

4.9%

Weber State University

4.9%

Lansing Community College

4.1%

University of Rhode Island

4.1%

El Paso Community College

4.1%

Vincennes University

4.1%

University of Iowa

4.1%

West Virginia University

4.1%

Iowa Central Community College

4.1%

Bakersfield College

4.1%

Indian Hills Community College

4.1%

Kaplan University

4.1%

Pasadena City College

4.1%

University of Alaska Anchorage

4.1%
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Majors

Business

17.6%

General Studies

8.7%

Culinary Arts

6.8%

Criminal Justice

6.4%

Liberal Arts

6.1%

Medical Assisting Services

5.4%

Health Care Administration

5.3%

Accounting

5.2%

Nursing

4.7%

Computer Science

4.3%

Psychology

4.3%

English

3.6%

Automotive Technology

3.0%

Education

3.0%

Nursing Assistants

2.9%

Hospitality Management

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.7%

Food And Nutrition

2.5%

Early Childhood Education

2.4%

Management

2.4%
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Degrees

Other

47.0%

Bachelors

21.0%

Associate

17.5%

Certificate

8.2%

Diploma

3.4%

Masters

1.8%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Real Kitchen Helper Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Kitchen Helpher Ahi Ahi Sushi Bar & Grill LP CA Aug 19, 2016 $26,000 -
$28,000
Kitchen Helpher Ahi Ahi Sushi Bar & Grill LP CA Oct 17, 2016 $26,000 -
$28,000
Kitchen Helpher Ahi Ahi Sushi Bar & Grill LP CA May 31, 2016 $26,000 -
$28,000
Kitchen Helpher Ahi Ahi Sushi Bar & Grill LP CA Sep 06, 2016 $26,000 -
$28,000
Kitchen Helpher Ahi Ahi Sushi Bar & Grill LP CA Jun 14, 2016 $26,000 -
$28,000
Kitchen Helpher Ahi Ahi Sushi Bar & Grill LP CA Jun 23, 2016 $26,000 -
$28,000
Kitchen Helpher Ahi Ahi Sushi Bar & Grill LP CA May 17, 2016 $26,000 -
$28,000
Kitchen Helpher Ahi Ahi Sushi Bar & Grill LP CA Aug 22, 2016 $26,000 -
$28,000
Kitchen Helpher Ahi Ahi Sushi Bar & Grill LP CA Sep 14, 2016 $26,000 -
$28,000
Kitchen Helper Cabana Latina Inc. Southampton, NY Apr 01, 2016 $25,002
Kitchen Helpers The Nantucket Lobster Trap Nantucket, MA May 01, 2016 $23,207
Kitchen Helper DKPS Inc. Nantucket, MA May 02, 2016 $23,207
Kitchen Helper El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant GA Jun 23, 2014 $20,870
Kitchen Helper Starship Entertainment LLC Mackinac Island, MI Apr 15, 2016 $20,870
Kitchen Helper OMNI Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort Hilton Head Island, SC Feb 15, 2016 $20,599
Kitchen Helper Miller's Restaurant, Inc. NC Apr 01, 2015 $20,432
Kitchen Helper Miller's Restaurant, Inc. Kill Devil Hills, NC Apr 01, 2016 $20,411
Kitchen Helper The Broadmoor Hotel, Inc. Colorado Springs, CO Apr 01, 2016 $20,369
Kitchen Helper Miller's Restaurant, Inc. NC Apr 01, 2014 $20,202
Uzbek-Style Kitchen Helper Isa1 LLC/DBA Silk Road Pikesville, MD Aug 01, 2016 $20,197
Kitchen Helper Mansion Hotel LLC TX Sep 01, 2014 $17,906
Kitchen Helper Mansion Hotel LLC TX Sep 01, 2013 $17,906
Kitchen Helper Mansion Hotel LLC TX Sep 04, 2013 $17,906
Kitchen Helper Chippewa Properties, Inc. Mackinac Island, MI Apr 22, 2016 $17,740
Kitchen Helper Hotel Iroquois Mackinac Island, MI Apr 22, 2016 $17,740
Kitchen Helper Island Slice Pizzeria, Inc. Mackinac Island, MI Apr 28, 2016 $17,740
Kitchen Helper Driftwood Hospitality, Inc. Saint Ignace, MI May 15, 2016 $17,740
Kitchen Helper Island House, Inc. Mackinac Island, MI May 03, 2016 $17,740

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Top Skills for A Kitchen Helper

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  1. Food Safety
  2. Meal Prep
  3. Customer Service
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  • Demonstrated attention to detail and professional proficiency in food safety and sanitation.
  • Gathered necessary cooking supplies and ingredients for meal preparation.
  • Provided customer service by voluntarily assisting customers in transporting food to their vehicle.
  • Operated all kitchen equipment adeptly.
  • Prepared food for residents and washes dishes.

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Top 10 Best States for Kitchen Helpers

  1. Nevada
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Vermont
  4. South Carolina
  5. Florida
  6. Connecticut
  7. Alaska
  8. Washington
  9. New Hampshire
  10. North Dakota
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