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Food Service Worker - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "Food Service Worker"

How much does a Food Service Worker in the federal government get paid? $36,788.88* *Based on the 2020 average.

Food Service Worker was the 49th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 6,247 employed. The most common payscale was the nonsupervisory pay schedules - federal wage system payscale.

In 2020, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Food Service Working, with an average salary of $36,796.

Government Food Service Working jobs are classified under the Federal Wage Schedule, Wage Grade (FWS) payscale. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This standard covers nonsupervisory work involved in serving food and beverages and preparing simple food. It includes setting and waiting on tables where food service is informal; attending food counters; portioning and serving food; assembling trays for hospital patients; recording and retrieving patient diet and other food service information using a computer or manual file system; washing dishes, pots, pans, glasses, and silverware; transporting food, equipment, and supplies by manual or motorized carts; and assisting in food preparation by peeling potatoes, cutting vegetables, assembling and tossing salads, measuring and weighing ingredients, brewing coffee and tea, and mixing bulk fruit juices. In addition, the work typically includes sweeping, washing, mopping and buffing floors, and washing walls and ceilings.

Agencies that have hired a Food Service Worker

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Veterans Health Administration 6,199 $36,795.55
Indian Affairs 14 $34,384.71
National Institutes of Health 11 $37,137.18
Federal Emergency Management Agency 11 $37,801.45
Indian Health Service 9 $33,605.33
Forest Service 3 $38,790.67

Food Service Worker Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Food Service Worker is $36,788.88. The highest paid Food Service Worker made $83,438 in 2020.

Common Food Service Worker Payscales

Payscale Number of Food Service Working Employees
WG - Nonsupervisory Pay Schedules - Federal Wage System 4,558
NA - Nonappropriated Funds - Nonsupervisory And Nonleader - Federal Wage System 1,028
WS - Supervisory Pay Schedules - Federal Wage System 447
WL - Leader Pay Schedule - Federal Wage System 102
NL - Nonappropriated Funds - Leader - Federal Wage System 56
NS - Nonappropriated Funds - Supervisory - Federal Wage System 50
CY - Contract Education--school Year 3
VC - Canteen Service 3


Average Food Service Working Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for a Food Service Worker was $26,167. Since then, the average pay has increased to $36,789 in 2020.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 7408.

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