Food Preparation Workers


Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.


Top Industries of Employment

  1. Eating And Drinking Places
  2. Nursing And Personal Care Facilities
  3. Grocery Stores
  4. Hospitals
  5. Elementary And Secondary Schools

2002 - 2003 Wages
by MSA and Workforce Investment Areas

Area Employment**
Total
Hourly Wage Annual
Mean Entry Experienced Mean Entry Experienced
Missouri 12,820 7.87 6.12 8.75 16,380 12,730 18,200
Joplin MSA 270 7.31 6.11 7.92 15,210 12,710 16,460
Columbia MSA 380 8.16 6.77 8.85 16,970 14,090 18,420
St Joseph MSA 220 7.90 6.31 8.70 16,430 13,120 18,090
Springfield MSA 910 7.54 6.21 8.21 15,680 12,910 17,070
St Louis MSA 6,860 7.92 6.32 8.72 16,480 13,150 18,150
Kansas City* 2,010 8.80 6.42 9.99 18,304 13,361 20,776
Central Region* 1,260 7.81 6.23 8.61 16,250 12,951 17,899
Northwest Region* 530 7.54 6.21 8.21 15,685 12,913 17,071
Ozark Region* 1,340 7.48 6.14 8.15 15,556 12,778 16,945
South Central Region* 190 6.37 6.10 6.51 13,258 12,683 13,545
Southeast Region* 1,050 6.65 6.02 6.96 13,826 12,525 14,476
Southwest Region* 390 7.64 6.12 8.41 15,897 12,724 17,484
St. Charles* 310 8.26 6.48 9.15 17,186 13,483 19,037
St. Louis City* 1,330 7.81 6.53 8.45 16,250 13,578 17,585
St. Louis County* 2,600 8.54 6.82 9.40 17,770 14,186 19,562
West Central Region* 540 6.66 6.08 6.95 13,853 12,644 14,457
Jefferson/Franklin Consortium* 340 7.47 5.92 8.24 15,533 12,316 17,142

Long-term Employment Projections

Area Employment ** Change 2000-2010 Annual
Avg Openings
Long-term
Outlook
2000 Estimated 2010 Projected Number Percent
Missouri 11,960 13,340 1,380 11.54 600 Outstanding
Kansas City MSA 3,880 4,580 700 18.04 219 Outstanding
St Louis MSA 7,090 8,080 990 13.96 372 Outstanding
Central Region* 1,340 1,560 220 16.42 74 Great
Northwest Region* 520 580 60 11.54 20 Great
Ozark Region* 1,010 1,210 200 19.80 59 Outstanding
South Central Region* 270 320 50 18.52 15 Outstanding
Southeast Region* 670 780 110 16.42 37 Outstanding
Southwest Region* 450 510 60 13.33 24 Outstanding
West Central Region* 440 490 50 11.36 22 Outstanding

* - Workforce Investment Areas
** - Why are the employment levels different for the same occupation?



This Occupation generally requires short-term on-the-job training
or training in one of the following
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General (NEW)
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant
Institutional Food Workers (NEW)