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Kitchen Worker Demographics in the US

The average employee age for kitchen workers is 32 years. The kitchen worker workforce reached a whopping 352,276 in 2020!

Among kitchen workers, we discovered that 38.5% of them are women, while 57.0% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among kitchen workers is White, which makes up 65.7% of all kitchen workers. Comparatively, there are 15.5% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 9.4% of the Black or African American ethnicity. The majority of kitchen workers are located in NV, Las Vegas and MI, East Lansing.

Kitchen Worker Statistics and Facts in the US

After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 352,276 kitchen workers currently employed in the United States.
  • 38.5% of all kitchen workers are women, while only 57.0% are men.
  • The average age of an employed kitchen worker is 32 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of kitchen workers is White (65.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (15.5%) and Black or African American (9.4%).
  • The majority of kitchen workers are located in NV, Las Vegas and MI, East Lansing.
  • Kitchen workers are most in-demand in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Kitchen workers are paid an average annual salary of $23,660.
  • Burlington, MA pays an annual average wage of $25,646, the highest in the US.
  • Kitchen workers average starting salary is $19,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 99% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid kitchen workers earn as much as $28,000 or more.
  • Washington is the best state for kitchen workers to live.
  • Kitchen workers are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Kitchen Worker Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among kitchen workers is White, which makes up 65.7% of all kitchen workers. Comparatively, there are 15.5% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 9.4% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 65.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 15.4%
  • Black or African American, 9.4%
  • Asian, 5.6%
  • Unknown, 3.1%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.8%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Kitchen Workers

The chart below shows that 59.5% of kitchen workers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 9.0% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 6.3%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 59.5%
  • French, 9.0%
  • Chinese, 6.3%
  • German, 6.3%
  • Polish, 2.7%
  • Other, 16.2%

Types of Kitchen Worker Degree Levels

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for kitchen workers. The most common degree for kitchen workers is high school diploma. In fact, 33% of kitchen workers earn that degree. A close second is bachelor's degree with 20% and rounding it off is associate degree with 11%.

Job Title
  • High School Diploma degree, 33%
  • Bachelors degree, 20%
  • Associate degree, 11%
  • Diploma degree, 7%
  • Other Degrees, 29%

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Kitchen Worker Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ kitchen workers. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most kitchen workers is the hospitality industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire kitchen workers.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Kitchen Worker Work In

Employees with the kitchen worker job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most kitchen workers prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Public

Private

Education

Government

Top Industries Hiring Kitchen Workers

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ kitchen workers. Those industries include hospitality, retail and health care.

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Hospitality

Retail

Health Care

Education

Fortune 500

Kitchen Worker Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as kitchen workers. Keep reading to find out what the results for kitchen workers were.

Kitchen 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 kitchen workers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Kitchen Worker Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the kitchen worker position over time.

Male
Female
45%
43%
40%
38%
35%
33%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Kitchen 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 kitchen workers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Average Age of a Kitchen Worker Based On Race And Gender

We determined the average age of kitchen workers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

The Average Number of Years That Kitchen Worker Stay in a Job

By looking over 5,044 kitchen workers resumes, we figured out that the average kitchen worker enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 40%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Kitchen Worker Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of kitchen worker employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of kitchen workers is 20-30 years old, which represents 41% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Kitchen 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.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Diet Clerk16%80%
Dietary Clerk16%80%
School Cafeteria Cook20%77%
Kitchen Worker57%38%
Line Cook/Dishwasher79%17%
Vacuum Kettle Cook81%16%
Saucier84%9%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Saucier
Vacuum Kettle Cook
Line Cook/Dishwasher
Kitchen Worker
School Cafeteria Cook
Dietary Clerk
Diet Clerk
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Kitchen 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 kitchen workers.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Kitchen Worker7.12%
Room Service Server7.39%
Event Host8.08%
Chief Cook8.79%
Barista/Waitress9.75%
Deli Associate11.55%
Cooking Chef14.60%

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Kitchen Worker Gender Pay Gap

male-income
Male Income
$24,419
female-income
Female Income
$24,282

Kitchen Worker Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Hispanic or Latino men and Asian men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$24,834
$24,703
$24,572
$24,440
$24,309
$24,178
$24,047
$23,916
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Kitchen Worker Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
High School Diploma or Less$24,434
Some College/ Associate Degree$24,839
Bachelor's Degree$24,950
Master's Degree$25,825

Kitchen Worker Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$26,270
$25,825
$25,381
$24,936
$24,491
$24,047
$23,602
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

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Kitchen Worker Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a kitchen worker can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of kitchen workers is $27,202. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Kitchen Workers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where kitchen workers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Kitchen Workers Located?

By looking through more than 5,044 resumes, we found that the most popular places for kitchen workers are NV, Las Vegas and MI, East Lansing.

Number of Kitchen Workers

Where Are Kitchen Workers In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country kitchen workers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings