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Working As A Salad Maker

  • 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

  • $34,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Salad Maker 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 Salad Maker

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
Pizza Maker 1.4 years
Salad Chef 1.3 years
Mexican Food Maker 1.2 years
Coffee Maker 1.1 years
Salad Maker 1.0 years
Top Careers Before Salad Maker
Cashier 26.0%
Server 8.1%
Prep Cook 4.8%
Cook 4.8%
Hostess 4.3%
Waitress 3.9%
Barista 3.1%
Internship 3.1%
Line Cook 2.3%
Top Careers After Salad Maker
Cashier 16.9%
Cook 8.7%
Server 8.7%
Prep Cook 6.1%
Hostess 4.6%
Line Cook 3.8%
Waitress 3.4%
Internship 3.0%
Barista 2.7%

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Top Skills for A Salad Maker

  1. Salad Dressings
  2. Prep Food
  3. Cold Food Items
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Make salads, make salad dressings, make coleslaw and dish it up for the fish special, and wash dishes
  • Help prep food, assembling burgers, fries, shakes and any other area in the kitchen where help was needed.
  • Assembled cold food items and allocated appropriately.
  • Prepared dining areas, thoroughly cleaned and sterilized kitchen equipment and appliances, and extensively contributed to proper food storage procedures.
  • Aided other back of the house team members with food preparation.

Salad Maker Demographics

Gender

Female

58.6%

Male

37.2%

Unknown

4.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.5%

Hispanic or Latino

17.2%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

82.6%

Russian

8.7%

Korean

4.3%

Japanese

4.3%
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Salad Maker Education

Schools

Everest Institute

10.0%

Kaplan University

7.5%

Tidewater Community College

7.5%

Minneapolis Community and Technical College

7.5%

Bucks County Community College

5.0%

Pima Community College

5.0%

Columbia College Chicago

5.0%

Hudson County Community College

5.0%

Delaware Technical and Community College

5.0%

Santa Rosa Junior College

5.0%

California State University - Sacramento

5.0%

Delaware State University

5.0%

Santa Monica College

5.0%

Burlington County College

5.0%

Union College (New York)

5.0%

Robert Fiance Beauty Schools

2.5%

Rose State College

2.5%

Pennsylvania College of Technology

2.5%

University of Connecticut

2.5%

Hannibal-LaGrange University

2.5%
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Majors

Culinary Arts

15.9%

Criminal Justice

9.9%

Business

9.3%

General Studies

8.8%

Psychology

8.2%

Cosmetology

4.9%

Nursing

4.9%

Liberal Arts

4.9%

Computer Science

3.8%

Biology

3.8%

Photography

3.3%

Medical Assisting Services

3.3%

Education

2.7%

History

2.7%

Accounting

2.7%

Precision Metal Working

2.2%

Kinesiology

2.2%

Communication

2.2%

Hospitality Management

2.2%

Anthropology

1.6%
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Degrees

High School Diploma

49.7%

Bachelors

17.4%

Associate

16.3%

Diploma

8.7%

Certificate

6.0%

License

1.1%

Doctorate

0.5%

Masters

0.3%
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Updated May 18, 2020