Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
1,000,710 0.8 % $11.20 $23,300 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.14 $8.99 $10.59 $12.89 $15.20
Annual Wage (2) $16,920 $18,700 $22,030 $26,820 $31,630


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)
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 860,240 9.63 $10.99 $22,850
Traveler Accommodation 58,760 3.37 $13.46 $27,990
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 20,280 1.87 $12.25 $25,480
Special Food Services 14,540 2.46 $11.83 $24,600
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 13,760 3.93 $10.66 $22,170

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 860,240 9.63 $10.99 $22,850
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 13,760 3.93 $10.66 $22,170
Traveler Accommodation 58,760 3.37 $13.46 $27,990
Gambling Industries 3,590 2.81 $12.19 $25,350
Special Food Services 14,540 2.46 $11.83 $24,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation (8) (8) $16.69 $34,710
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 90 (7) $15.83 $32,930
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) (8) (8) $14.69 $30,550
Amusement Parks and Arcades 2,580 1.48 $13.55 $28,190
Traveler Accommodation 58,760 3.37 $13.46 $27,990


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 110,340 7.71 1.00 $11.82 $24,590
Florida 82,990 11.41 1.49 $11.43 $23,770
Texas 78,940 7.46 0.97 $9.94 $20,680
New York 55,260 6.47 0.84 $13.05 $27,150
Ohio 35,650 7.05 0.92 $10.12 $21,060




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 17,420 15.45 2.01 $13.23 $27,520
Hawaii 7,260 12.33 1.61 $14.04 $29,200
Florida 82,990 11.41 1.49 $11.43 $23,770
Montana 4,510 10.44 1.36 $10.04 $20,890
Oregon 16,720 10.38 1.35 $11.65 $24,220




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 7,260 12.33 1.61 $14.04 $29,200
Alaska 1,860 5.85 0.76 $13.78 $28,660
District of Columbia 5,500 8.41 1.10 $13.72 $28,540
Massachusetts 22,690 7.09 0.92 $13.37 $27,820
Nevada 17,420 15.45 2.01 $13.23 $27,520





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 34,110 6.61 0.86 $13.71 $28,510
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 26,600 6.87 0.89 $11.11 $23,100
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 21,920 6.02 0.78 $10.94 $22,750
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 18,900 7.16 0.93 $9.87 $20,540
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 17,680 7.82 1.02 $10.59 $22,040
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 17,520 7.47 0.97 $12.65 $26,320
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 16,630 9.62 1.25 $13.45 $27,970
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 16,170 9.24 1.20 $10.99 $22,850
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 15,310 7.30 0.95 $10.77 $22,400
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 14,170 17.31 2.25 $13.68 $28,450