Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

35-3022 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop

Serve food to diners at counter or from a steam table. Counter attendants who also wait tables are included in "Waiters and Waitresses" (35-3031).


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)
446,660 2.0 % $9.27 $19,280 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.58 $8.05 $8.83 $9.76 $11.93
Annual Wage (2) $15,760 $16,750 $18,370 $20,310 $24,820


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)
Limited-Service Eating Places 214,190 5.33 $8.82 $18,340
Special Food Services 40,120 7.29 $9.53 $19,820
Motion Picture and Video Industries 35,070 9.89 $8.90 $18,510
Elementary and Secondary Schools 31,920 0.37 $10.53 $21,900
Full-Service Restaurants 22,330 0.50 $9.12 $18,980

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 35,070 9.89 $8.90 $18,510
Special Food Services 40,120 7.29 $9.53 $19,820
Limited-Service Eating Places 214,190 5.33 $8.82 $18,340
Specialty Food Stores 7,060 3.33 $9.25 $19,240
Amusement Parks and Arcades 5,190 3.24 $9.74 $20,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 270 0.01 $15.35 $31,920
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 90 0.04 $13.57 $28,230
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 60 0.46 $13.50 $28,080
Other General Merchandise Stores 8,310 0.55 $12.23 $25,440
Insurance Carriers 70 0.01 $11.88 $24,710


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 60,940 4.35 1.24 $10.00 $20,790
New York 35,000 4.20 1.19 $9.41 $19,570
Texas 31,020 3.07 0.88 $8.38 $17,420
Washington 22,400 8.32 2.37 $9.71 $20,190
Florida 21,100 2.97 0.85 $9.09 $18,900




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)
South Dakota 3,660 9.46 2.69 $8.65 $18,000
Rhode Island 3,880 8.67 2.47 $9.44 $19,630
Washington 22,400 8.32 2.37 $9.71 $20,190
Idaho 4,000 6.72 1.91 $8.64 $17,960
Connecticut 9,780 6.12 1.74 $9.62 $20,000




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,060 1.66 0.47 $11.23 $23,350
Nevada 4,190 3.77 1.07 $10.92 $22,720
Hawaii 2,280 3.98 1.13 $10.87 $22,600
Alaska 1,330 4.33 1.23 $10.30 $21,420
Massachusetts 12,150 3.90 1.11 $10.23 $21,270

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 17,130 3.44 0.98 $10.30 $21,430
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 14,810 3.88 1.10 $9.64 $20,050
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 11,590 8.61 2.45 $9.73 $20,250
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 10,270 6.10 1.74 $8.61 $17,910
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 8,410 3.37 0.96 $8.28 $17,220
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 7,990 3.49 0.99 $10.88 $22,630
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 7,980 2.25 0.64 $9.36 $19,480
Baltimore-Towson, MD 7,380 5.96 1.70 $9.17 $19,070
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 6,240 3.72 1.06 $8.96 $18,630
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 6,120 3.06 0.87 $8.35 $17,370




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)
Wenatchee, WA 650 16.66 4.74 $9.31 $19,360
Rapid City, SD 800 13.64 3.88 $8.59 $17,860
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 490 11.62 3.31 $9.85 $20,500
Bellingham, WA 850 11.55 3.29 $9.81 $20,400
Monroe, MI 420 11.42 3.25 $9.89 $20,570
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 2,910 11.42 3.25 $9.70 $20,190
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 820 9.93 2.83 $9.80 $20,380
Sioux Falls, SD 1,310 9.86 2.81 $8.82 $18,350
Coeur d'Alene, ID 480 9.30 2.65 $8.35 $17,360
Yuma, AZ 520 9.25 2.63 $8.06 $16,760




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)
Reno-Sparks, NV 660 3.49 0.99 $12.66 $26,330
El Centro, CA 90 1.85 0.53 $12.47 $25,930
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 240 1.58 0.45 $11.59 $24,110
Lima, OH 50 1.03 0.29 $11.57 $24,060
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 190 4.18 1.19 $11.42 $23,750
Prescott, AZ (8) (8) (8) $11.10 $23,080
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 5,980 6.30 1.79 $11.00 $22,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 7,990 3.49 0.99 $10.88 $22,630
Columbus, OH 2,270 2.57 0.73 $10.81 $22,480
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 270 2.69 0.77 $10.78 $22,410

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)
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,090 7.93 2.26 $8.76 $18,220
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 1,000 8.21 2.34 $8.62 $17,930
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 930 7.55 2.15 $8.30 $17,270
Northwest Indiana nonmetropolitan area 890 6.10 1.74 $8.66 $18,020
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 810 4.24 1.21 $8.75 $18,190

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)
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 550 11.40 3.24 $9.35 $19,440
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 740 10.76 3.06 $9.51 $19,770
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 380 10.31 2.93 $8.32 $17,300
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 200 9.38 2.67 $9.47 $19,690
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 320 9.18 2.61 $8.30 $17,270

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)
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $12.55 $26,110
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 690 4.58 1.30 $11.87 $24,680
Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $11.50 $23,920
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 420 4.45 1.27 $11.37 $23,650
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 100 2.82 0.80 $11.30 $23,500


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