Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

35-0000 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: Chefs and Head Cooks ; First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers ; Cooks, Fast Food ; Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria ; Cooks, Private Household ; Cooks, Restaurant ; Cooks, Short Order ; Cooks, All Other ; Food Preparation Workers ; Bartenders ; Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food ; Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop ; Waiters and Waitresses ; Food Servers, Nonrestaurant ; Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers ; Dishwashers ; Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop ; Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other


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 major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
11,914,590 0.1 % $10.38 $21,580 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.89 $8.42 $9.15 $11.19 $14.73
Annual Wage (2) $16,410 $17,500 $19,020 $23,270 $30,640


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 8,474,380 91.30 $9.97 $20,730
Special Food Services 492,530 80.35 $11.48 $23,870
Traveler Accommodation 448,980 25.34 $12.72 $26,460
Elementary and Secondary Schools 392,690 4.74 $11.39 $23,690
Grocery Stores 312,500 12.27 $11.21 $23,320

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 8,474,380 91.30 $9.97 $20,730
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 305,910 86.22 $10.15 $21,120
Special Food Services 492,530 80.35 $11.48 $23,870
Rooming and Boarding Houses 4,460 38.18 $10.97 $22,820
Traveler Accommodation 448,980 25.34 $12.72 $26,460

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 420 0.19 $19.74 $41,050
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,540 0.62 $18.55 $38,570
Inland Water Transportation 1,080 4.04 $17.78 $36,980
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 1,390 3.52 $16.81 $34,960
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 50 0.02 $16.71 $34,760


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 1,354,960 92.08 1.02 $10.97 $22,810
Texas 992,800 90.97 1.01 $9.75 $20,290
Florida 800,750 107.44 1.20 $10.56 $21,960
New York 680,430 78.80 0.88 $11.35 $23,600
Pennsylvania 480,040 85.47 0.95 $10.40 $21,620




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 166,980 144.95 1.61 $11.88 $24,710
Hawaii 74,850 124.30 1.38 $12.89 $26,810
Florida 800,750 107.44 1.20 $10.56 $21,960
Montana 45,970 104.68 1.16 $9.98 $20,750
Rhode Island 46,010 100.87 1.12 $10.94 $22,760




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 49,700 74.64 0.83 $13.27 $27,610
Hawaii 74,850 124.30 1.38 $12.89 $26,810
Vermont 24,240 81.25 0.90 $12.33 $25,640
Massachusetts 284,570 87.35 0.97 $12.15 $25,270
Washington 241,330 85.36 0.95 $12.10 $25,170





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 374,020 71.35 0.79 $12.10 $25,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 355,250 89.37 0.99 $10.72 $22,300
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 285,970 77.28 0.86 $10.58 $22,010
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 233,270 84.59 0.94 $9.92 $20,640
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 203,530 88.18 0.98 $9.70 $20,170
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 187,400 79.16 0.88 $11.82 $24,580
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 180,440 83.94 0.93 $10.13 $21,070
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 162,650 91.31 1.02 $10.82 $22,500
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 147,900 82.56 0.92 $10.21 $21,240
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 145,690 79.17 0.88 $11.06 $23,010