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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Cooks, Fast Food
Industry profile for Cooks, Fast Food
Geographic profile for Cooks, Fast Food

National estimates for Cooks, Fast Food: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Cooks, Fast Food:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
544,420 2.1 % $ 11.68 $ 24,300 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Cooks, Fast Food:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 8.46 $ 9.45 $ 11.72 $ 13.44 $ 15.11
Annual Wage (2) $ 17,590 $ 19,650 $ 24,380 $ 27,960 $ 31,430


Industry profile for Cooks, Fast Food: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Cooks, Fast Food are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Cooks, Fast Food, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Cooks, Fast Food:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 529,020 5.86 $ 11.67 $ 24,280
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 4,530 0.16 $ 12.10 $ 25,160
Gasoline Stations 3,100 0.34 $ 10.77 $ 22,410
Special Food Services 1,800 0.32 $ 13.42 $ 27,910
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 1,010 0.10 $ 12.45 $ 25,890

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Cooks, Fast Food:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 529,020 5.86 $ 11.67 $ 24,280
Gasoline Stations 3,100 0.34 $ 10.77 $ 22,410
Special Food Services 1,800 0.32 $ 13.42 $ 27,910
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 850 0.30 $ 11.19 $ 23,280
Amusement Parks and Arcades 330 0.26 $ 12.63 $ 26,270

Top paying industries for Cooks, Fast Food:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Merchandise Stores (8) (8) $ 15.16 $ 31,540
Gambling Industries 240 0.14 $ 14.31 $ 29,760
Traveler Accommodation 490 0.03 $ 14.22 $ 29,570
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 70 (7) $ 14.21 $ 29,550
Spectator Sports 100 0.09 $ 13.67 $ 28,420


Geographic profile for Cooks, Fast Food: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Cooks, Fast Food are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Cooks, Fast Food, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Cooks, Fast Food:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 108,860 6.63 1.69 $ 14.13 $ 29,390
Texas 40,110 3.31 0.85 $ 10.54 $ 21,920
North Carolina 39,980 9.32 2.38 $ 9.70 $ 20,170
Arizona 27,410 9.67 2.47 $ 12.55 $ 26,090
Florida 25,980 3.08 0.79 $ 10.58 $ 22,020




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cooks, Fast Food:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Mississippi 12,410 11.53 2.95 $ 9.02 $ 18,750
Idaho 7,780 10.82 2.76 $ 10.25 $ 21,330
Arizona 27,410 9.67 2.47 $ 12.55 $ 26,090
North Carolina 39,980 9.32 2.38 $ 9.70 $ 20,170
Rhode Island 4,100 9.26 2.37 $ 12.66 $ 26,320




Top paying states for Cooks, Fast Food:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 8,980 2.81 0.72 $ 15.94 $ 33,150
Massachusetts 4,450 1.33 0.34 $ 14.98 $ 31,150
Oregon 2,390 1.32 0.34 $ 14.76 $ 30,710
District of Columbia 2,570 3.74 0.95 $ 14.75 $ 30,680
California 108,860 6.63 1.69 $ 14.13 $ 29,390





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Cooks, Fast Food:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 39,240 6.74 1.72 $ 14.17 $ 29,460
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 19,040 9.03 2.31 $ 12.51 $ 26,020
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 15,550 10.44 2.67 $ 13.93 $ 28,980
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 13,790 1.56 0.40 $ 13.21 $ 27,490
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 11,720 3.27 0.83 $ 10.38 $ 21,580
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 11,130 2.55 0.65 $ 10.83 $ 22,530
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 11,070 4.20 1.07 $ 10.31 $ 21,440
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 10,560 3.56 0.91 $ 10.84 $ 22,550
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 9,610 4.12 1.05 $ 14.25 $ 29,630
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 9,390 3.11 0.79 $ 12.76 $ 26,540




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cooks, Fast Food:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 950 18.77 4.80 $ 12.88 $ 26,780
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 770 18.12 4.63 $ 14.53 $ 30,220
Twin Falls, ID 800 17.38 4.44 $ 10.63 $ 22,110
Goldsboro, NC 620 14.91 3.81 $ 10.17 $ 21,150
Merced, CA 1,040 14.56 3.72 $ 13.77 $ 28,640
Pocatello, ID 470 13.98 3.57 $ 9.26 $ 19,250
Lewiston, ID-WA 360 13.85 3.54 $ 10.77 $ 22,410
Yuma, AZ 840 13.79 3.52 $ 12.67 $ 26,350
Hattiesburg, MS 800 13.13 3.35 $ 9.41 $ 19,570
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 1,840 13.03 3.33 $ 8.82 $ 18,350