(4) Food Preparation and Serving Workers
Workers involved in food preparation and serving, enjoy flexible working hours in this kind of work. Most of those employed are from ages 16 to 19; hence, some of them take up college courses during their spare time. However, work requires being up and about most of the time and tends to be more strenuous during weekends and peak hours.
Agility and memory retention are some of the strong points to possess since they have to deal with customers who demand faster services. However, there are those who are able to get good impressions from customers, thus, earning additional income by way of generous tips. Fast food chains that have the most demand for food preparation and serving workers are McDonald’s, Burger King, Arby’s, Subway and KFC.
The National Pay Data discloses average pay rates ranging from $7.18 - $8.32, which could sum up to annual average pays that range from $15,065 - $17,410. This includes tips, overtime pay and bonuses, however, 85% of businesses hiring food preparation and serving workers do not provide health care benefits.
Room for advancement is limited; hence, many tend to look for work in other establishments with better pay rates or in areas more accessible to their schools or home bases..Nonetheless, the growth of budget-meal cafeterias and eateries are also on an upward trend, and it follows that there will be more demand for the job.
Landing jobs in large-scale food retailers gives better opportunities for career advancements as supervisors or outlet managers, especially if the employees are holders of degree courses.
Places/US Cities with Most Demand and Highest Salary Offers
US cities with the highest demand for this job include (1) Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ; (2) Las Vegas-Paradise NV; (3) Medford, OR; (4) San Angelo, TX and (5) Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IL.
US states that offer the highest pay rates are Hawaii at $ 16.55 per hour, District of Columbia, New York, Alaska and Florida.
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