Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant

Prepare, season, and cook dishes such as soups, meats, vegetables, or desserts in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.


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)
1,150,760 0.7 % $11.74 $24,430 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.50 $9.43 $11.11 $13.50 $16.08
Annual Wage (2) $17,680 $19,610 $23,100 $28,080 $33,450


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 987,970 9.95 $11.51 $23,950
Traveler Accommodation 68,440 3.61 $14.09 $29,310
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 22,830 1.92 $12.81 $26,640
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 17,610 4.76 $11.30 $23,500
Special Food Services 15,820 2.38 $13.07 $27,180

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 987,970 9.95 $11.51 $23,950
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 17,610 4.76 $11.30 $23,500
Traveler Accommodation 68,440 3.61 $14.09 $29,310
Special Food Services 15,820 2.38 $13.07 $27,180
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 320 2.16 $13.32 $27,710

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Individual and Family Services 70 (7) $15.10 $31,410
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services 170 0.09 $14.79 $30,760
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 30 (7) $14.75 $30,680
Home Furnishings Stores 40 0.02 $14.73 $30,630
Grocery Stores 3,260 0.12 $14.53 $30,210


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 124,930 8.06 0.97 $12.59 $26,190
Florida 96,010 12.11 1.45 $12.18 $25,330
Texas 91,470 7.90 0.95 $11.08 $23,040
New York 66,650 7.42 0.89 $13.10 $27,250
Pennsylvania 46,060 8.07 0.97 $11.43 $23,780



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 19,300 15.65 1.88 $14.48 $30,120
Oregon 22,960 13.23 1.59 $11.96 $24,870
Hawaii 8,130 13.12 1.57 $15.16 $31,540
Florida 96,010 12.11 1.45 $12.18 $25,330
Colorado 28,210 11.51 1.38 $11.95 $24,860



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 8,130 13.12 1.57 $15.16 $31,540
Nevada 19,300 15.65 1.88 $14.48 $30,120
New Jersey 18,630 4.77 0.57 $14.45 $30,060
Alaska 2,140 6.54 0.78 $14.04 $29,190
District of Columbia 5,520 8.16 0.98 $13.95 $29,030




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 46,900 7.24 0.87 $13.74 $28,580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 32,730 7.97 0.96 $12.17 $25,300
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 27,380 7.67 0.92 $11.75 $24,440
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 20,980 7.16 0.86 $10.96 $22,800
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 20,610 8.53 1.02 $12.68 $26,380
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 18,810 7.59 0.91 $11.38 $23,670
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 18,080 16.16 1.94 $12.15 $25,260
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 18,070 7.76 0.93 $12.47 $25,940
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 17,890 9.51 1.14 $12.47 $25,950
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 17,320 9.24 1.11 $11.50 $23,920