What does a Food Service Worker do?

A food service worker is responsible for everything that goes into the preparation of a meal. They are responsible for ensuring that every single meal is of the highest quality. A few of the main duties of a food service worker are cleaning the stove top for cooks, adhering to food safety regulations, helping cooks prepare meals, and creating simple dishes such as salad. They also have to help keep the kitchen orderly and clean. Some of the jobs titles that a food service worker could grow into are restaurant manager and cook.

A food service worker does not need any experience but a high school diploma or GED equivalent is preferred. One of the most important skills that a food service worker will have is attention to detail. Another skill is organization as the food service worker will have to be able to help the kitchen run effectively.

  • Clean the stove top as needed
  • Help the cooks with food preparation
  • Create simple food items such as salad
  • Help out in the kitchen as needed
  • Deliver food orders to customers
  • Keep the kitchen clean and orderly
  • Answer any customer questions
  • Follow food safety regulations at all times
  • High School Diploma preferred
  • Ability to listen to directions
  • Amazing work ethic
  • Ability to learn new skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Knowledge of food safety
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Ability to learn and read directions
  • Ability to stand for 8 hours a day
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.0 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Food Service Worker Salaries

Average Base Pay

$36,026 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $36K
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Food Service Worker Career Path

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Cashier/Sandwich Artist
May 8, 2019

“It was good to have as a first job and the hours are flexible. .”

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Front of House Staff
Feb. 10, 2021

“One of the best of the big NYC restaurant groups to work for; excellent and very fair management.”

Kitchen Staff
Sep. 12, 2019

“It was a good first job and i learned a lot about a good work ethic”

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Part Time Food Handler
Jan. 11, 2021

“No double pay on public holidays which is such a waste because everything else is perfect.”

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Front of House Staff
Apr. 22, 2021

“Doing team leader/managerial duties became expected of me because I made the mistake of showing them I was super reliable.”

Sandwich Artist
Aug. 16, 2021

“the staff is quite friendly and I felt like I enjoyed my time with them.”

May 26, 2019

“It was a great environment and I really had fun working with the people there.”

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Ice Cream Scooper
Jul. 13, 2021

“The hiring team was not honest with me when I asked how much I would be getting paid.”

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