Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
434,220 1.8 % $9.34 $19,430 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.80 $8.28 $8.92 $9.86 $12.02
Annual Wage (2) $16,210 $17,220 $18,560 $20,500 $25,000


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 228,070 2.55 $8.89 $18,490
Special Food Services 39,140 6.62 $9.64 $20,060
Motion Picture and Video Industries 35,700 9.97 $8.89 $18,500
Elementary and Secondary Schools 21,070 0.25 $10.82 $22,510
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 15,560 1.43 $8.92 $18,550

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 35,700 9.97 $8.89 $18,500
Special Food Services 39,140 6.62 $9.64 $20,060
Amusement Parks and Arcades 7,270 4.19 $9.86 $20,520
Spectator Sports 4,050 3.10 $8.82 $18,350
Specialty Food Stores 6,410 2.95 $9.15 $19,030

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 310 0.01 $14.71 $30,590
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 100 0.04 $14.10 $29,330
Other General Merchandise Stores 9,310 0.57 $13.36 $27,780
Junior Colleges 390 0.05 $11.55 $24,030
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,800 0.07 $11.55 $24,020


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 57,180 4.00 1.20 $10.50 $21,830
Texas 35,550 3.36 1.01 $8.48 $17,640
New York 26,290 3.08 0.92 $9.47 $19,690
Florida 19,850 2.73 0.82 $9.16 $19,050
Ohio 19,420 3.84 1.15 $9.16 $19,050




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 3,240 8.12 2.44 $8.74 $18,170
Rhode Island 3,550 7.84 2.35 $8.97 $18,660
Alaska 2,250 7.07 2.12 $10.41 $21,660
Idaho 4,120 6.88 2.06 $8.63 $17,950
Maryland 14,440 5.75 1.73 $9.51 $19,780




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 1,220 1.86 0.56 $11.43 $23,780
Nevada 3,710 3.29 0.99 $10.99 $22,860
Washington 14,340 5.19 1.56 $10.74 $22,330
California 57,180 4.00 1.20 $10.50 $21,830
Alaska 2,250 7.07 2.12 $10.41 $21,660





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 14,920 2.89 0.87 $9.69 $20,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 10,140 2.62 0.79 $10.30 $21,430
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 9,540 4.55 1.36 $8.45 $17,570
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 9,450 3.58 1.07 $8.51 $17,710
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 9,050 5.17 1.55 $9.02 $18,760
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 8,900 3.80 1.14 $10.56 $21,960
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 8,660 5.06 1.52 $9.95 $20,700
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 8,030 4.64 1.39 $9.19 $19,120
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 6,900 4.89 1.47 $11.36 $23,620
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 6,770 1.86 0.56 $9.57 $19,910