Food and Beverage Industry Overview Full-time jobs in food and beverage are a good fit for anyone with the knives, taste-buds, poise or nutritional information for it. A career in food & beverage is vast in scope, ranging from being a dishwasher, food & beverage manager, bartender to a freelance nutritionist who consults with restaurants. Recent college graduates, whether straight out of culinary school or with a passion for food can get a bottom-up view of the food industry. For example, cooks, who make around $21,720 per year, can get experience working with a set menu at fast-food chains or more flexibility with adding their own unique twist to dishes in independent restaurants. With experience, they can advance to becoming a line cook or a head cook, who make $41,500 per year.
A lot of positions in this industry, such as bartending or waitressing, are flexible and part-time; taken up by a younger crowd in addition to other responsibilities. Food and beverage careers, being customer-oriented, can involve extended nights, early mornings, weekends and holidays. School cafeteria employees get summers off; they work ten months in a year.
Common titles for entry-level food and beverage jobs include food & beverage manager, restaurant manager, bartender and cooks in cafeterias, hospitals, office buildings and restaurants.
Food and Beverage Salaries The median annual salary for food and beverage service-related workers was $19,040 per year; with a median hourly wage of $9.16 per hour in 2015, according to BLS. The median annual salary for food and service managers is $48,690 per year, the lowest 10 percent earning below $28,780 and the highest 10 percent earning more than $83,010.