Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
1,057,550 0.7 % $11.27 $23,440 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.20 $9.07 $10.65 $12.95 $15.23
Annual Wage (2) $17,060 $18,860 $22,160 $26,930 $31,670


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 912,100 9.83 $11.06 $22,990
Traveler Accommodation 59,630 3.37 $13.67 $28,440
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 21,690 1.94 $12.27 $25,520
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 15,270 4.30 $10.78 $22,430
Special Food Services 14,150 2.31 $12.02 $25,000

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 912,100 9.83 $11.06 $22,990
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 15,270 4.30 $10.78 $22,430
Traveler Accommodation 59,630 3.37 $13.67 $28,440
Special Food Services 14,150 2.31 $12.02 $25,000
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 280 1.99 $11.54 $24,010

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 80 (7) $16.39 $34,090
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 40 0.11 $15.67 $32,590
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services (8) (8) $14.46 $30,080
Grocery Stores 2,480 0.10 $14.34 $29,820
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 120 0.12 $14.28 $29,710


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 119,030 8.09 1.01 $11.80 $24,540
Texas 87,140 7.98 1.00 $10.37 $21,560
Florida 86,040 11.54 1.45 $11.61 $24,150
New York 60,750 7.03 0.88 $12.92 $26,880
Illinois 39,920 7.00 0.88 $10.78 $22,430




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 17,680 15.35 1.92 $13.20 $27,450
Hawaii 8,280 13.75 1.72 $14.06 $29,250
Oregon 20,270 12.36 1.55 $11.07 $23,030
Florida 86,040 11.54 1.45 $11.61 $24,150
Montana 4,790 10.91 1.37 $10.06 $20,920




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 5,290 7.95 1.00 $14.13 $29,400
Hawaii 8,280 13.75 1.72 $14.06 $29,250
Alaska 2,460 7.62 0.96 $13.78 $28,660
Massachusetts 22,790 6.99 0.88 $13.47 $28,020
Nevada 17,680 15.35 1.92 $13.20 $27,450





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 37,620 7.18 0.90 $13.46 $28,010
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 29,140 7.33 0.92 $11.18 $23,260
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 25,700 6.94 0.87 $10.92 $22,720
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 22,090 8.01 1.00 $10.16 $21,140
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 18,870 8.18 1.02 $10.64 $22,130
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 18,650 7.88 0.99 $12.80 $26,620
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 17,310 9.72 1.22 $13.64 $28,360
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 17,200 8.00 1.00 $11.30 $23,510
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 16,610 9.27 1.16 $11.52 $23,970
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 15,510 14.88 1.87 $11.56 $24,050