All data is specific to San Diego County

Fast Facts?

  • Average Annual Salary $22,887
  • Hourly Pay Entry Level: $9.68
    Median: $11.00
    Experienced: $14.25
  • Growth (2014-2019)9%
  • Openings (2014-2019)243
  • Current Employment 5,838
  • Projected Employment 5,996
  • Typical Entry-level Education High school diploma

Food Processing Workers

Employment, 2004 - 2019

Top Knowledge,
Skills and Abilities

  • TECHNICAL
  • Physical Demand
  • Merchandising
  • Mathematics
  • Cleaning
  • Cooking
  • NON-TECHNICAL
  • Customer Service
  • Communication
  • Organization
  • Lotus Notes
  • Positive Disposition

occupational tasks

  • Tend or operate and control equipment such as kettles, cookers, vats, tanks and boilers to cook ingredients or prepare products for further processing
  • Set temperature, pressure and time controls, and start conveyers, machines or pumps
  • Clean, wash and sterilize equipment and cooking area, using water hoses, cleaning or sterilizing solutions or rinses
  • Observe gauges, dials and product characteristics, and adjust controls to maintain appropriate temperature, pressure and flow of ingredients
  • Listen for malfunction alarms and shut down equipment and notify supervisors when necessary

Gender Breakdown: Male/Female (percentages)