Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

35-2012 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria

Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.


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)
399,940 0.7 % $11.86 $24,670 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.17 $9.17 $11.14 $13.88 $17.11
Annual Wage (2) $17,000 $19,080 $23,170 $28,870 $35,600


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)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 126,750 1.53 $11.05 $22,980
Special Food Services 49,620 8.09 $12.39 $25,760
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 48,950 2.95 $11.74 $24,410
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 35,200 4.32 $11.81 $24,570
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 31,470 0.60 $13.34 $27,740

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rooming and Boarding Houses 1,130 9.65 $12.37 $25,730
Special Food Services 49,620 8.09 $12.39 $25,760
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 35,200 4.32 $11.81 $24,570
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 48,950 2.95 $11.74 $24,410
Child Day Care Services 18,340 2.28 $10.25 $21,320

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water (8) (8) $24.14 $50,210
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,500 0.12 $19.74 $41,060
Support Activities for Water Transportation 310 0.34 $16.99 $35,330
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 460 1.15 $16.83 $35,000
Scheduled Air Transportation 50 0.01 $16.47 $34,260


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)
Texas 29,070 2.66 0.88 $10.42 $21,680
California 26,610 1.81 0.60 $14.44 $30,030
Georgia 20,120 5.19 1.72 $9.59 $19,950
Pennsylvania 19,160 3.41 1.13 $12.46 $25,920
Ohio 17,790 3.47 1.15 $11.93 $24,800




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)
West Virginia 4,760 6.72 2.23 $9.92 $20,640
Kentucky 11,760 6.59 2.19 $11.12 $23,120
Mississippi 6,690 6.17 2.05 $9.01 $18,730
Delaware 2,470 5.99 1.99 $13.97 $29,050
South Dakota 2,390 5.93 1.97 $11.11 $23,100




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 850 2.64 0.87 $17.46 $36,310
Hawaii 1,220 2.03 0.67 $17.06 $35,490
Connecticut 3,760 2.30 0.76 $16.24 $33,770
Rhode Island 1,120 2.45 0.81 $16.07 $33,420
Massachusetts 7,980 2.45 0.81 $15.41 $32,040





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)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 9,880 4.28 1.42 $9.96 $20,710
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 8,440 1.61 0.53 $16.33 $33,960
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 7,200 1.94 0.64 $13.25 $27,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,930 1.74 0.58 $13.84 $28,790
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 5,870 2.13 0.71 $10.71 $22,280
St. Louis, MO-IL 5,460 4.23 1.40 $10.86 $22,600
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 5,010 2.72 0.90 $13.74 $28,590
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,560 2.54 0.84 $13.68 $28,440
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,410 2.05 0.68 $11.04 $22,950
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,160 2.87 0.95 $14.74 $30,660