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.

What responsibilities are common for Food Service Worker jobs?
  • 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
What are the typical qualifications for Food Service Worker jobs?
  • 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
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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Read what Food Service Worker professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Blue Ribbon RestaurantsBlue Ribbon Restaurants
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.”

Front of House Staff
Mar 8, 2021

“the great ones were really great and worked to make my job fun and make scheduling manageable.”

Pizza HutPizza Hut
Front of House Staff
Nov 23, 2021

“You got good discount and free food (although this was never told to me until after I worked there)”

Edible ArrangementsEdible Arrangements
Cashier, Fruit Bowl/Smoothie Maker, Dishwasher, Bathroom Cleaner
Dec 3, 2021

“The original manager I had was nice but absent the second clearly didn't know what they were doing.”

Greene KingGreene King
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.”

Food Service Associate
Aug 1, 2022

“Everyone there is really friendly and I enjoyed the ease of using PTO and holiday pay.”

Sandwich Artist
Aug 16, 2021

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

Sandwich Artist
Aug 16, 2021

“Sometimes nasty customers and honestly I just wish that the pay was at least a little bit better.”

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