Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations

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Total Workforce

8.87M

Average Age

33

Average Salary

$19,221

Average Male Salary

$21,960

Average Female Salary

$16,925

About

Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations are most often employed by the Restaurants & Food Services industry. The average yearly wage for Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations was $19,221 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations by wage are Personal Care & Service Occupations, Healthcare Support Occupations, and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations.

Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations are part of the Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations, along with Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations are Spring Valley & Summerlin South PUMA, NV, Paradise (Northwest) & Winchester PUMA, NV, and Walton, Washington, Holmes & Bay Counties PUMA, FL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations are Atlantic City & Ventnor City PUMA, NJ, Westpark Tollway, Between Loop I-610 & Beltway TX-8 PUMA, TX, and Paradise (Northwest) & Winchester PUMA, NV.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations and on wages and locations for those in the field. Restaurants & Food Services is the industry that employs the most Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations, by average wage, is Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals. Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations are paid most in Malden & Medford Cities PUMA, MA but are relatively concentrated in Atlantic City & Ventnor City PUMA, NJ.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$19,221

AVERAGE SALARY

± $178

In 2018, Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations earned an average of $19,221, $34,668 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations are the lowest paid occupation in the US followed by Personal Care & Service Occupations. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.425

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.425, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations, by number of employees, are Restaurants & Food Services, Elementary & secondary schools, and Traveler accommodation.

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Industries by Share

8.87M

2018 Workforce

± 70,914

-0.465%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 1.13%

The number of people employed as Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations has been declining at a rate of -0.465%, from 8,910,412 people in 2017 to 8,868,964 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations employed by various industries. Restaurants & Food Services employs the largest share of Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations at  75.7%, followed by Elementary & secondary schools with 3.52% and Traveler accommodation with 2.95%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations in the US. The average age of male Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations in the workforce is 32 and of female Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations is 33.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations is White.

Gender Composition

4.04M

MALE WORKFORCE

± 48,697

4.83M

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 53,054

54.4% of Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Other

67.3% of Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 13.4% of Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations.

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Age by Gender

32

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.164

33.8

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.167

The median age of Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations is 33, and Male employees are generally 1.77 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations is Business but a relatively high number of Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations hold a major in Personal & Culinary Services.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations need many skills, but most especially Monitoring, Coordination, and Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations need more than the average amount of Operation and Control, Operation Monitoring, and Quality Control Analysis.

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