What does a Food Service Worker I 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 I 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 I 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
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Work/Life Balance
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Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Food Service Worker I Salaries

Average Base Pay

$31,140 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$24K
Median: $31K
$41K
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Food Service Worker I Career Path

Learn how to become a Food Service Worker I, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L1
Food Service Worker I
$31,140/yr
L2
L1

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
29%
2 - 4
14%
5 - 7
0%
8+
57%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Food Service Worker I Insights

Read what Food Service Worker I professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Chick-fil-AChick-fil-A
Front of House Staff
Mar 8, 2021

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

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.”

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.”

SubwaySubway
Subway Sandwich Artist
Aug 16, 2021

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

SubwaySubway
Sandwich Artist
Aug 16, 2021

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

Roots Natural KitchenRoots Natural Kitchen
Front of House Staff
May 14, 2022

“Overall was promised a relaxing and fun work environment and all I got was stressful shifts that made me not want to go to work.”

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Food Service Worker I Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Food Service Worker I

When working as a Food Service Worker I, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are English, Positive Attitude, Excellent Customer Service, VERBAL Communication and Filing.

The most similar professions to Food Service Worker I are:
  • Line Cook
  • Prep Cook
  • Cook
  • Dishwasher

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Line Cook
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Prep Cook
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Dishwasher
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