Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

35-2011 Cooks, Fast Food

Prepare and cook food in a fast food restaurant with a limited menu. Duties of these cooks are limited to preparation of a few basic items and normally involve operating large-volume single-purpose cooking equipment.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
520,010 1.8 % $9.43 $19,610 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.94 $8.53 $9.17 $10.01 $11.61
Annual Wage (2) $16,510 $17,750 $19,080 $20,810 $24,140


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 497,920 5.02 $9.39 $19,540
Gasoline Stations 4,100 0.46 $9.36 $19,460
Grocery Stores 2,710 0.10 $9.90 $20,590
Special Food Services 2,540 0.38 $10.03 $20,860
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,220 0.19 $10.44 $21,710

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 497,920 5.02 $9.39 $19,540
Amusement Parks and Arcades 1,700 0.89 $10.50 $21,840
Specialty Food Stores 1,360 0.59 $9.83 $20,450
Gasoline Stations 4,100 0.46 $9.36 $19,460
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1,460 0.39 $10.04 $20,890

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other General Merchandise Stores 140 0.01 $13.60 $28,280
Furniture Stores 70 0.03 $13.53 $28,140
Traveler Accommodation 1,790 0.09 $12.23 $25,430
Employment Services 750 0.02 $11.26 $23,430
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 90 (7) $11.07 $23,020


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 99,480 6.42 1.70 $10.25 $21,310
Texas 55,520 4.80 1.27 $8.93 $18,570
Georgia 22,780 5.54 1.47 $8.81 $18,320
New York 22,010 2.45 0.65 $10.01 $20,830
Illinois 21,230 3.63 0.96 $9.45 $19,650



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oklahoma 17,590 11.02 2.92 $8.53 $17,730
Mississippi 11,950 10.80 2.86 $8.49 $17,660
South Carolina 15,460 8.02 2.13 $8.49 $17,660
Idaho 5,150 8.01 2.12 $8.59 $17,870
Arkansas 8,410 7.15 1.90 $8.52 $17,720



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 870 2.67 0.71 $11.49 $23,890
North Dakota 1,160 2.58 0.68 $11.30 $23,490
Washington 7,590 2.54 0.67 $11.25 $23,400
Hawaii 2,650 4.27 1.13 $11.25 $23,390
Vermont 800 2.63 0.70 $11.02 $22,920




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 25,120 6.12 1.62 $10.12 $21,050
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 13,810 5.57 1.48 $8.91 $18,530
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 13,540 2.09 0.55 $9.95 $20,690
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 13,220 10.09 2.67 $9.91 $20,610
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 11,620 3.97 1.05 $9.03 $18,790
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 11,000 7.22 1.91 $10.22 $21,250
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 10,440 2.92 0.78 $9.49 $19,740
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 8,820 4.70 1.25 $9.94 $20,670
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 8,620 3.70 0.98 $9.23 $19,210
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 7,730 5.71 1.52 $10.60 $22,050