Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

35-2012 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria

Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.


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)
387,700 0.7 % $11.62 $24,180 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.92 $8.97 $10.93 $13.60 $16.71
Annual Wage (2) $16,470 $18,670 $22,730 $28,280 $34,760


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)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 132,920 1.56 $10.93 $22,730
Nursing Care Facilities 47,190 2.85 $11.39 $23,700
Special Food Services 40,910 7.43 $12.14 $25,240
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 31,140 0.60 $12.87 $26,770
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 30,610 4.14 $11.58 $24,090

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rooming and Boarding Houses 910 8.25 $11.89 $24,720
Special Food Services 40,910 7.43 $12.14 $25,240
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 30,610 4.14 $11.58 $24,090
Nursing Care Facilities 47,190 2.85 $11.39 $23,700
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 3,090 2.19 $10.83 $22,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Financial Investment Activities 50 0.02 $20.08 $41,770
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,610 0.13 $19.58 $40,740
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 60 0.01 $16.74 $34,810
State Government (OES Designation) 6,220 0.27 $15.74 $32,750
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 520 1.53 $15.63 $32,520


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)
Texas 35,200 3.49 1.14 $9.98 $20,760
California 22,790 1.63 0.53 $14.19 $29,520
Ohio 21,970 4.47 1.46 $11.98 $24,920
Pennsylvania 19,790 3.61 1.18 $12.17 $25,310
New York 18,020 2.16 0.71 $14.27 $29,670




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)
Arkansas 7,610 6.70 2.20 $9.45 $19,650
Kentucky 11,340 6.61 2.17 $10.97 $22,820
West Virginia 4,330 6.29 2.06 $9.63 $20,030
Tennessee 16,090 6.26 2.05 $9.90 $20,590
South Dakota 2,390 6.16 2.02 $10.85 $22,580




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 990 1.73 0.57 $17.01 $35,390
Alaska 860 2.78 0.91 $16.92 $35,190
Rhode Island 1,000 2.24 0.73 $16.78 $34,910
Connecticut 4,240 2.65 0.87 $15.97 $33,220
Massachusetts 8,540 2.74 0.90 $14.72 $30,620

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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,760 1.96 0.64 $15.04 $31,290
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 8,250 3.30 1.08 $10.44 $21,720
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 6,970 1.97 0.65 $12.37 $25,720
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 6,300 3.49 1.15 $13.23 $27,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,170 1.35 0.44 $13.20 $27,450
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,160 2.58 0.84 $10.27 $21,350
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,610 2.75 0.90 $14.00 $29,120
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,560 2.75 0.90 $14.69 $30,550
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 4,080 4.23 1.39 $12.20 $25,380
St. Louis, MO-IL 4,050 3.23 1.06 $10.75 $22,360




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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Morristown, TN 660 15.29 5.01 $9.23 $19,200
Cleveland, TN 490 13.98 4.58 $9.10 $18,930
Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA 160 9.78 3.21 $13.41 $27,890
Dover, DE 510 8.85 2.90 $13.09 $27,220
Lawton, OK 350 8.39 2.75 $10.78 $22,430
Pine Bluff, AR 280 8.21 2.69 $9.46 $19,670
Jackson, TN 440 7.91 2.59 $9.25 $19,230
Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV 330 7.83 2.57 $9.01 $18,740
Idaho Falls, ID 360 7.44 2.44 $9.48 $19,710
Jonesboro, AR 330 7.26 2.38 $9.36 $19,470