Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

35-2015 Cooks, Short Order

Prepare and cook to order a variety of foods that require only a short preparation time. May take orders from customers and serve patrons at counters or tables. Excludes "Fast Food Cooks" (35-2011).


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)
167,480 2.4 % $10.18 $21,160 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.89 $8.53 $9.51 $11.34 $13.82
Annual Wage (2) $16,420 $17,740 $19,780 $23,600 $28,740


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 107,480 1.16 $9.97 $20,730
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 15,350 4.33 $10.07 $20,950
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 8,860 0.79 $10.34 $21,500
Grocery Stores 7,770 0.31 $11.07 $23,030
Special Food Services 5,860 0.96 $10.66 $22,170

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 15,350 4.33 $10.07 $20,950
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 107,480 1.16 $9.97 $20,730
Special Food Services 5,860 0.96 $10.66 $22,170
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 8,860 0.79 $10.34 $21,500
Specialty Food Stores 1,380 0.62 $11.13 $23,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 210 0.01 $13.92 $28,960
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $13.62 $28,320
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 340 0.01 $13.28 $27,620
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities (8) (8) $12.62 $26,250
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 200 0.14 $12.17 $25,310


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 17,810 1.63 1.29 $9.16 $19,060
California 16,990 1.15 0.91 $11.61 $24,150
New York 8,950 1.04 0.82 $10.70 $22,260
Pennsylvania 7,810 1.39 1.10 $9.89 $20,560
Illinois 6,520 1.14 0.90 $10.50 $21,850




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)
New Hampshire 3,250 5.24 4.15 $9.18 $19,090
New Mexico 2,770 3.53 2.79 $9.57 $19,900
South Dakota 1,120 2.78 2.20 $9.45 $19,660
Maine 1,450 2.49 1.97 $9.63 $20,020
Rhode Island 1,080 2.37 1.88 $10.58 $22,010




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 1,070 1.77 1.40 $13.56 $28,200
Nevada 2,240 1.94 1.54 $13.32 $27,700
Massachusetts 4,810 1.48 1.17 $13.25 $27,570
Alaska 140 0.42 0.33 $12.80 $26,620
Vermont 550 1.83 1.45 $11.93 $24,810





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,140 1.50 1.19 $9.54 $19,840
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,090 1.10 0.87 $10.86 $22,590
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,890 0.74 0.59 $11.07 $23,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,390 0.85 0.68 $11.13 $23,150
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,330 1.55 1.23 $9.05 $18,820
Baltimore-Towson, MD 2,740 2.14 1.69 $10.91 $22,700
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,710 1.17 0.93 $9.16 $19,050
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,120 1.46 1.15 $12.22 $25,410
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,020 1.15 0.91 $13.99 $29,100
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,900 1.47 1.16 $11.63 $24,190




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)
Portsmouth, NH-ME 470 8.26 6.54 $9.79 $20,370
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 940 7.13 5.64 $9.40 $19,560
Odessa, TX 410 5.76 4.56 $9.26 $19,260
Michigan City-La Porte, IN 230 5.61 4.44 $9.49 $19,750
Goldsboro, NC 200 5.22 4.13 $8.12 $16,890
Manchester, NH 520 5.13 4.06 $9.28 $19,290
Las Cruces, NM 340 4.96 3.93 $9.25 $19,240
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 280 4.82 3.82 $9.99 $20,770
New Bedford, MA 310 4.81 3.80 $9.20 $19,130
Rapid City, SD 280 4.57 3.62 $9.38 $19,510