Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

35-2011 Cooks, Fast Food

Prepare and cook food in a fast food restaurant with a limited menu. Duties of these cooks are limited to preparation of a few basic items and normally involve operating large-volume single-purpose cooking equipment.


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)
519,910 1.7 % $9.15 $19,030 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.83 $8.33 $8.91 $9.62 $11.39
Annual Wage (2) $16,290 $17,320 $18,540 $20,000 $23,680


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 497,860 5.17 $9.12 $18,970
Gasoline Stations 4,690 0.53 $8.80 $18,300
Grocery Stores 2,670 0.10 $10.11 $21,030
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,440 0.21 $9.90 $20,590
Special Food Services 2,320 0.37 $9.49 $19,730

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 497,860 5.17 $9.12 $18,970
Specialty Food Stores 1,640 0.72 $9.55 $19,870
Gasoline Stations 4,690 0.53 $8.80 $18,300
Amusement Parks and Arcades 830 0.45 $10.43 $21,690
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1,410 0.39 $9.70 $20,170

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other General Merchandise Stores 130 0.01 $13.60 $28,290
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $12.01 $24,980
Traveler Accommodation 1,510 0.08 $11.60 $24,130
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 110 (7) $11.39 $23,680
Elementary and Secondary Schools 140 (7) $10.81 $22,490


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 109,620 7.25 1.88 $9.64 $20,060
Texas 47,940 4.27 1.11 $8.58 $17,840
Illinois 23,300 4.04 1.05 $9.34 $19,430
Georgia 21,330 5.35 1.39 $8.72 $18,130
New York 21,310 2.42 0.63 $9.75 $20,290



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)
Mississippi 11,540 10.54 2.74 $8.37 $17,410
Oklahoma 16,150 10.24 2.66 $8.39 $17,460
Arkansas 10,590 9.14 2.37 $8.28 $17,230
California 109,620 7.25 1.88 $9.64 $20,060
Idaho 4,520 7.20 1.87 $8.56 $17,810



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 890 2.73 0.71 $10.91 $22,690
Vermont 820 2.74 0.71 $10.78 $22,420
Washington 8,340 2.88 0.75 $10.71 $22,280
New Jersey 7,600 1.96 0.51 $10.71 $22,280
Connecticut 7,400 4.49 1.17 $10.65 $22,150




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 27,520 6.78 1.76 $9.50 $19,760
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 12,490 5.23 1.36 $8.80 $18,310
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 12,470 8.40 2.18 $9.50 $19,760
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 12,260 3.27 0.85 $9.43 $19,610
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 11,980 9.59 2.49 $9.33 $19,400
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,820 1.82 0.47 $9.80 $20,390
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 8,430 4.62 1.20 $9.47 $19,700
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 8,120 2.86 0.74 $8.50 $17,690
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 7,810 9.10 2.36 $9.12 $18,960
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 7,720 5.85 1.52 $9.73 $20,240



Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 550 14.50 3.77 $9.10 $18,940
Lawrence, KS 660 14.34 3.73 $8.42 $17,510
Sumter, SC 470 13.77 3.58 $8.15 $16,950
Danbury, CT 940 13.54 3.52 $10.65 $22,150
Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 1,370 13.45 3.50 $8.20 $17,050
Sherman-Denison, TX 560 13.37 3.47 $8.78 $18,260
Merced, CA 840 13.28 3.45 $8.90 $18,510
Tulsa, OK 5,450 12.75 3.31 $8.30 $17,260
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 660 12.71 3.30 $8.14 $16,930
Yuba City, CA 470 12.60 3.28 $9.58 $19,930