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Working As A Kitchen 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 Kitchen 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.

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How To Become A Kitchen 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.

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Average Length of Employment
Pantry Worker 2.4 years
Utility Worker 2.3 years
Cafeteria Worker 2.1 years
Kitchen Clerk 2.1 years
Kitchen Worker 2.0 years
Kitchen Cook 1.8 years
Kitchen Helper 1.7 years
Kitchen Assistant 1.7 years
Kitchen Aide 1.6 years
Cook/Dishwasher 1.6 years
Dishwasher/Server 1.4 years
Dish Room Worker 1.4 years
Kitchen Hand 1.4 years
Deli Worker 1.4 years
Kitchen Staff 1.4 years
Dish Washer 1.2 years
Top Careers Before Kitchen Worker
Cashier 22.2%
Internship 5.2%
Cook 5.0%
Volunteer 4.7%
Server 4.1%
Waitress 3.5%
Janitor 2.7%
Assistant 2.7%
Manager 2.5%
Top Careers After Kitchen Worker
Cashier 16.8%
Internship 6.6%
Cook 5.3%
Server 5.1%
Janitor 4.0%
Volunteer 3.7%
Assistant 2.9%
Waitress 2.7%

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Kitchen Worker Demographics

Gender

Male

53.3%

Female

35.3%

Unknown

11.4%
Ethnicity

White

65.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.5%

French

9.0%

Chinese

6.3%

German

6.3%

Polish

2.7%

Japanese

1.8%

Greek

1.8%

Mandarin

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Swahili

0.9%

Dutch

0.9%

Choctaw

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Hebrew

0.9%

Cantonese

0.9%

Hindi

0.9%

Armenian

0.9%

Korean

0.9%

Russian

0.9%
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Kitchen Worker Education

Schools

Michigan State University

39.9%

College of Southern Nevada

8.0%

Johnson & Wales University

5.3%

The Academy

4.3%

University of Phoenix

4.0%

West Virginia University

3.7%

Michigan Career and Technical Institute

3.1%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.1%

Ohio University -

2.5%

Lansing Community College

2.5%

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

2.5%

Monroe Community College

2.5%

Moraine Park Technical College

2.5%

University of Kentucky

2.5%

Kaplan University

2.5%

Iowa State University

2.5%

Brigham Young University

2.2%

Missouri State University

2.2%

Monroe College

2.2%

Liberty University

2.2%
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Majors

Business

17.1%

General Studies

9.8%

Culinary Arts

8.0%

Criminal Justice

7.6%

Psychology

6.1%

Nursing

4.5%

Computer Science

4.1%

English

4.1%

Accounting

4.1%

Communication

4.0%

Liberal Arts

3.9%

Biology

3.7%

Graphic Design

3.6%

Medical Assisting Services

3.6%

Health Care Administration

3.2%

Education

2.9%

History

2.5%

Kinesiology

2.4%

Hospitality Management

2.4%

Management

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

40.7%

Bachelors

32.8%

Associate

14.3%

Certificate

6.4%

Masters

2.9%

Diploma

2.4%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$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%
$36,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Morton's The Steakhouse
Highest Paying City
Los Angeles, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.8 years
How much does a Kitchen Worker make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Kitchen Worker in the United States is $23,622 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 $36,000.

Real Kitchen Worker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Kitchen Worker TFG Hyannis Hospitality, LLC. MA Mar 01, 2015 $26,234
Kitchen Worker Galyn's Galley Bar Harbor, ME Apr 01, 2015 $25,399
Kitchen Worker Galyn's Galley ME Apr 14, 2014 $24,794
Kitchen Worker TFG Hyannis Hospitality, LLC. MA Mar 07, 2016 $23,813
Kitchen Workers Slackman, Inc. Wellfleet, MA May 23, 2016 $23,354
Kitchen Workers Midish Corp Nantucket, MA Apr 27, 2016 $23,207
Kitchen Workers Midish Corp MA May 01, 2014 $22,957
Kitchen Workers Midish Corp Nantucket, MA Apr 27, 2015 $22,727
Kitchen Worker Galyn's Galley ME Apr 15, 2013 $22,540
Kitchen Workers Galyn's Galley ME Apr 15, 2013 $22,540
Kitchen Worker Stratton Corporation Stratton, VT Nov 10, 2015 $21,747
Kitchen Workers Stratton Corporation VT Nov 10, 2014 $20,974
Kitchen Counter Worker Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound, Inc. Trenton, ME May 01, 2016 $20,870
Kitchen Workers Midish Corporation MA May 01, 2013 $20,870
Kitchen Worker Stratton Corporation Stratton, VT Nov 10, 2014 $20,348

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Top Skills for A Kitchen Worker

  1. Food Safety
  2. Kitchen Equipment
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Stored foods in designated areas, utilizing knowledge of temperature requirements and food safety.
  • Learned to utilize new Commercial Kitchen equipment in order to improve dining hall operation efficiency.
  • Maintained high standards of customer service during high-volume, fast-paced operations.
  • Take and record temperature of food and food storage areas, such as refrigerators and freezers.
  • Clean food preparation areas, cooking surfaces, and utensils.

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Top 10 Best States for Kitchen Workers

  1. Nevada
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Connecticut
  4. Alaska
  5. Minnesota
  6. Vermont
  7. Maine
  8. Washington
  9. Illinois
  10. North Dakota
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  • (50 jobs)
  • (132 jobs)
  • (17 jobs)
  • (207 jobs)
  • (20 jobs)
  • (40 jobs)
  • (142 jobs)
  • (483 jobs)
  • (21 jobs)

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