Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant

Prepare, season, and cook dishes such as soups, meats, vegetables, or desserts in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.


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)
947,060 0.8 % $11.25 $23,410 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.08 $8.96 $10.61 $12.98 $15.46
Annual Wage (2) $16,800 $18,630 $22,080 $27,000 $32,160


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 762,000 16.74 $11.12 $23,130
Traveler Accommodation 56,610 3.33 $13.36 $27,800
Limited-Service Eating Places 53,370 1.30 $9.88 $20,550
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 19,340 1.82 $12.36 $25,700
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 12,350 3.56 $10.70 $22,260

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Full-Service Restaurants 762,000 16.74 $11.12 $23,130
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 12,350 3.56 $10.70 $22,260
Traveler Accommodation 56,610 3.33 $13.36 $27,800
Gambling Industries 4,030 3.07 $12.36 $25,700
Special Food Services 11,840 2.07 $12.25 $25,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Facilities Support Services 40 0.03 $17.85 $37,120
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 50 0.13 $17.72 $36,870
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 130 (7) $16.47 $34,250
Management of Companies and Enterprises 170 0.01 $13.92 $28,940
Clothing Stores 80 0.01 $13.88 $28,870


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 101,930 7.26 0.98 $11.94 $24,830
Florida 76,900 10.75 1.46 $11.44 $23,790
Texas 76,380 7.41 1.00 $9.58 $19,930
New York 53,300 6.32 0.86 $13.48 $28,030
Illinois 33,970 6.09 0.83 $10.49 $21,820




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 16,220 14.57 1.97 $13.96 $29,030
Florida 76,900 10.75 1.46 $11.44 $23,790
Colorado 22,770 10.45 1.42 $11.25 $23,390
Hawaii 5,860 10.15 1.38 $14.95 $31,100
Oregon 15,980 10.07 1.36 $11.81 $24,570




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 5,860 10.15 1.38 $14.95 $31,100
Nevada 16,220 14.57 1.97 $13.96 $29,030
Alaska 1,740 5.57 0.75 $13.62 $28,320
District of Columbia 4,780 7.42 1.00 $13.49 $28,060
New York 53,300 6.32 0.86 $13.48 $28,030





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 33,220 6.56 0.89 $14.27 $29,690
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 25,150 6.58 0.89 $11.20 $23,290
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 21,550 6.02 0.81 $10.69 $22,240
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 18,490 7.25 0.98 $9.25 $19,240
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 16,140 7.89 1.07 $10.09 $20,980
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 15,990 6.92 0.94 $12.55 $26,100
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 15,620 9.13 1.24 $11.18 $23,250
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 15,240 8.97 1.21 $14.05 $29,230
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 14,830 6.66 0.90 $10.65 $22,150
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 14,180 8.46 1.15 $13.05 $27,150