Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

35-2015 Cooks, Short Order

Prepare and cook to order a variety of foods that require only a short preparation time. May take orders from customers and serve patrons at counters or tables. Excludes "Fast Food Cooks" (35-2011).


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)
171,780 3.2 % $10.11 $21,030 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.66 $8.31 $9.42 $11.38 $13.95
Annual Wage (2) $15,930 $17,280 $19,580 $23,680 $29,010


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)
Full-Service Restaurants 73,800 1.65 $10.02 $20,840
Limited-Service Eating Places 39,090 0.97 $9.91 $20,600
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 16,350 4.75 $9.97 $20,730
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 8,680 0.81 $9.83 $20,450
Special Food Services 6,540 1.19 $10.86 $22,600

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 16,350 4.75 $9.97 $20,730
Full-Service Restaurants 73,800 1.65 $10.02 $20,840
Special Food Services 6,540 1.19 $10.86 $22,600
Limited-Service Eating Places 39,090 0.97 $9.91 $20,600
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 8,680 0.81 $9.83 $20,450

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 340 0.01 $12.97 $26,980
Child Day Care Services 40 0.01 $12.24 $25,460
Traveler Accommodation 5,190 0.31 $12.05 $25,060
Motion Picture and Video Industries 130 0.04 $11.65 $24,230
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 210 0.01 $11.58 $24,090


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 16,820 1.20 0.89 $11.30 $23,510
Texas 14,220 1.41 1.04 $9.11 $18,950
New York 11,790 1.41 1.05 $11.92 $24,800
Georgia 9,170 2.45 1.81 $9.53 $19,820
Pennsylvania 8,090 1.48 1.09 $10.41 $21,650




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)
Nevada 3,070 2.76 2.04 $12.30 $25,590
South Carolina 4,760 2.73 2.02 $9.15 $19,020
Louisiana 4,990 2.72 2.01 $8.72 $18,140
Rhode Island 1,150 2.56 1.90 $10.95 $22,780
Georgia 9,170 2.45 1.81 $9.53 $19,820




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii (8) (8) (8) $13.84 $28,800
District of Columbia 740 1.16 0.86 $13.60 $28,290
Alaska 430 1.40 1.03 $12.80 $26,620
Nevada 3,070 2.76 2.04 $12.30 $25,590
Connecticut 1,630 1.02 0.76 $12.27 $25,530

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 7,470 1.50 1.11 $12.77 $26,560
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 6,270 2.85 2.11 $9.89 $20,580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,520 1.18 0.88 $11.26 $23,420
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,390 1.36 1.00 $9.84 $20,470
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,890 1.44 1.07 $8.86 $18,420
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 2,810 0.79 0.59 $10.68 $22,210
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,740 1.52 1.13 $11.61 $24,140
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 2,710 2.19 1.62 $11.04 $22,960
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,580 1.53 1.13 $11.21 $23,330
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,360 1.03 0.76 $11.97 $24,900




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)
Wilmington, NC 700 5.20 3.84 $8.41 $17,490
Goldsboro, NC 180 4.25 3.15 $7.89 $16,410
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 800 4.17 3.08 $11.23 $23,360
Baton Rouge, LA 1,480 4.15 3.07 $8.24 $17,130
Ocean City, NJ 150 3.97 2.93 $10.82 $22,510
State College, PA 240 3.55 2.63 $9.94 $20,670
Grand Forks, ND-MN 170 3.54 2.62 $9.55 $19,870
Columbia, SC 1,110 3.35 2.48 $9.47 $19,700
Honolulu, HI 1,380 3.29 2.43 $13.90 $28,900
Lancaster, PA 710 3.22 2.38 $9.74 $20,260




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Worcester, MA-CT 360 1.52 1.13 $14.09 $29,300
Honolulu, HI 1,380 3.29 2.43 $13.90 $28,900
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 850 0.71 0.53 $13.50 $28,070
New Haven, CT 530 2.02 1.50 $13.36 $27,800
Kingston, NY (8) (8) (8) $13.24 $27,540
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 60 0.48 0.35 $13.16 $27,370
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 2,200 2.72 2.01 $12.95 $26,930
Savannah, GA 180 1.25 0.93 $12.77 $26,560
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,470 1.50 1.11 $12.77 $26,560
Ann Arbor, MI 190 1.01 0.75 $12.47 $25,940

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 740 3.06 2.27 $9.46 $19,690
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 650 3.02 2.24 $8.42 $17,520
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 620 1.64 1.21 $8.95 $18,610
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 550 3.43 2.54 $8.58 $17,840
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 540 2.33 1.72 $10.30 $21,430

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 270 5.37 3.97 $9.73 $20,240
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 260 3.68 2.72 $8.59 $17,870
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 370 3.59 2.66 $8.24 $17,130
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 550 3.43 2.54 $8.58 $17,840
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 740 3.06 2.27 $9.46 $19,690

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.83 $28,770
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 220 1.47 1.09 $13.53 $28,140
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.02 $27,090
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $12.49 $25,980
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 100 1.36 1.01 $11.97 $24,890


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011