Food Processing Workers


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Food Processing Workers

Food Processing Workers - Wages & Trends

Wages for food processing workers vary by the type of work they do. Wages also vary with the type of food processed, the employer, and the area of the country. Workers who are members of unions generally earn more than non-union workers.

Food processing workers who work full time usually receive benefits. Typical benefits include sick leave, paid vacation, and health insurance.

Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders (SOC 51-3091)
Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $12.85 $15.28 $18.83
Yearly $26,724 $31,787 $39,160
    Cook County Hourly $12.37 $15.81 $19.68
Yearly $25,725 $32,878 $40,936
    Du Page County Hourly $13.61 $14.96 $17.87
Yearly $28,313 $31,123 $37,173
United States Hourly $12.25 $15.19 $19.23
Yearly $25,490 $31,590 $39,990

Food batchmakers (SOC 51-3092)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $12.46 $16.92 $22.02
Yearly $25,914 $35,196 $45,793
    Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area Hourly $13.60 $16.56 $19.84
Yearly $28,283 $34,454 $41,263
    Cook County Hourly $12.20 $15.90 $21.26
Yearly $25,383 $33,065 $44,218
    Decatur Area Hourly $10.41 $13.65 $17.08
Yearly $21,663 $28,383 $35,536
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $9.18 $12.26 $17.23
Yearly $19,087 $25,497 $35,834
    Du Page County Hourly $16.82 $20.71 $23.59
Yearly $34,988 $43,067 $49,057
    Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area Hourly $12.44 $13.70 $15.12
Yearly $25,870 $28,501 $31,459
    Lake County Hourly $15.72 $19.20 $23.39
Yearly $32,700 $39,946 $48,653
    McHenry County Hourly $19.79 $21.31 $22.83
Yearly $41,167 $44,322 $47,482
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $14.25 $17.16 $22.48
Yearly $29,638 $35,690 $46,754
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $10.65 $12.80 $16.81
Yearly $22,155 $26,628 $34,955
    Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area Hourly $11.87 $15.22 $18.58
Yearly $24,692 $31,666 $38,642
    Rock Island-Moline Area Hourly $11.79 $14.37 $17.24
Yearly $24,529 $29,894 $35,850
    Rockford Area Hourly $13.37 $15.38 $17.70
Yearly $27,801 $31,983 $36,817
    Springfield Area Hourly $13.87 $17.88 $21.29
Yearly $28,846 $37,190 $44,293
    St. Louis-Belleville Area Hourly $19.00 $21.46 $23.65
Yearly $39,526 $44,645 $49,202
    Will County Hourly $11.23 $13.27 $16.52
Yearly $23,368 $27,604 $34,360
United States Hourly $12.18 $14.80 $18.93
Yearly $25,340 $30,790 $39,380

Food cooking machine operators and tenders (SOC 51-3093)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $13.19 $15.45 $18.56
Yearly $27,425 $32,142 $38,606
    Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area Hourly $13.32 $15.36 $18.68
Yearly $27,711 $31,948 $38,865
    Cook County Hourly $12.82 $15.36 $18.64
Yearly $26,667 $31,942 $38,763
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $15.48 $18.26 $26.47
Yearly $32,205 $37,983 $55,057
    Du Page County Hourly $13.55 $18.58 $22.55
Yearly $28,189 $38,645 $46,910
United States Hourly $12.46 $14.96 $18.15
Yearly $25,910 $31,110 $37,750

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.