Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

35-1011 Chefs and Head Cooks

Direct the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts. May participate in cooking.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
94,300 2.1 % $21.27 $44,240 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.99 $14.46 $19.27 $25.73 $33.44
Annual Wage (2) $22,860 $30,080 $40,090 $53,510 $69,560


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Full-Service Restaurants 48,380 $20.07 $41,750
Traveler Accommodation 11,290 $24.46 $50,880
Special Food Services 8,960 $21.80 $45,340
Limited-Service Eating Places 6,240 $16.27 $33,850
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 6,230 $25.54 $53,120

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Management of Companies and Enterprises 580 $32.25 $67,070
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,460 $30.44 $63,310
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services (8) $30.16 $62,740
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 80 $27.43 $57,050
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 70 $27.06 $56,280


State profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Nevada 2,670 $21.94 $45,630 2.263
Idaho 1,230 $12.05 $25,060 2.007
Alaska 600 $22.35 $46,490 1.943
New Hampshire 970 $18.93 $39,370 1.558
Hawaii 900 $23.96 $49,830 1.525

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
New Jersey 1,900 $28.42 $59,120 0.494
Rhode Island 320 $26.98 $56,120 0.704
Connecticut 1,670 $26.19 $54,480 1.011
Delaware 160 $25.02 $52,040 0.391
Virginia 2,090 $24.87 $51,730 0.581


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

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

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 2,280 $22.14 $46,050 2.652
Brunswick, GA 100 $13.68 $28,450 2.490
Barnstable Town, MA 230 $25.06 $52,130 2.458
Anchorage, AK 400 $24.44 $50,830 2.405
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 320 $28.25 $58,750 2.331

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,140 $38.91 $80,940 0.621
Ithaca, NY 40 $32.69 $67,990 0.703
Naples-Marco Island, FL 250 $29.51 $61,380 2.201
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 600 $28.60 $59,500 0.491
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 50 $28.51 $59,310 0.321


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010