Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
12,577,080 0.1 % $10.98 $22,850 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.13 $8.73 $9.41 $11.75 $16.04
Annual Wage (2) $16,910 $18,160 $19,580 $24,450 $33,360


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 8,991,940 90.58 $10.59 $22,030
Special Food Services 536,140 80.56 $12.06 $25,080
Traveler Accommodation 481,180 25.39 $13.53 $28,140
Elementary and Secondary Schools 389,580 4.66 $11.72 $24,380
Grocery Stores 330,960 12.38 $11.51 $23,930

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 8,991,940 90.58 $10.59 $22,030
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 314,380 85.04 $11.09 $23,060
Special Food Services 536,140 80.56 $12.06 $25,080
Rooming and Boarding Houses 4,600 36.62 $11.76 $24,470
Traveler Accommodation 481,180 25.39 $13.53 $28,140

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,610 0.64 $18.84 $39,190
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 80 0.02 $18.80 $39,110
Rail Transportation 400 0.18 $18.62 $38,740
Nonresidential Building Construction 60 0.01 $18.46 $38,390
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 970 2.45 $17.78 $36,980


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 1,456,340 93.98 1.03 $12.23 $25,450
Texas 1,082,500 93.54 1.03 $10.40 $21,630
Florida 869,740 109.74 1.20 $11.41 $23,740
New York 721,120 80.26 0.88 $12.57 $26,150
Ohio 489,490 92.69 1.02 $10.29 $21,400



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 177,100 143.66 1.58 $12.17 $25,300
Hawaii 78,520 126.65 1.39 $13.79 $28,690
Florida 869,740 109.74 1.20 $11.41 $23,740
Montana 48,050 107.44 1.18 $10.48 $21,790
Rhode Island 49,260 104.53 1.15 $11.45 $23,810



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 78,520 126.65 1.39 $13.79 $28,690
District of Columbia 54,130 80.06 0.88 $13.76 $28,620
Alaska 27,610 84.37 0.93 $13.25 $27,560
Vermont 25,980 85.59 0.94 $13.06 $27,170
Washington 264,340 88.59 0.97 $13.06 $27,160




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 490,360 75.68 0.83 $13.13 $27,310
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 385,250 93.88 1.03 $11.98 $24,930
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division