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Career Profile: Dishwashers

Clean dishes, kitchen, food preparation equipment, or utensils.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 408,500 people employed as dishwashers in the United States. The median annual salary is $25,300. Entry level employees earn approximately $18,670 per year and senior employees earn approximately $32,280 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Transfer supplies or equipment between storage and work areas, by hand or using hand trucks.
  • Clean or prepare various foods for cooking or serving.
  • Prepare and package individual place settings.
  • Load or unload trucks that deliver or pick up food or supplies.
  • Clean garbage cans with water or steam.
  • Receive and store supplies.
  • Wash dishes, glassware, flatware, pots, or pans, using dishwashers or by hand.
  • Place clean dishes, utensils, or cooking equipment in storage areas.
  • Sort and remove trash, placing it in designated pickup areas.
  • Sweep or scrub floors.
  • Maintain kitchen work areas, equipment, or utensils in clean and orderly condition.
  • Stock supplies, such as food or utensils, in serving stations, cupboards, refrigerators, or salad bars.
  • Set up banquet tables.

Career List

Job Outlook

Total Current Jobs:
Annual Openings:
Increase in Openings by 2030:
Annual Salary Range:
$18,670 - $32,280
Education Requirements:
Some high school