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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Cooks, Restaurant
Industry profile for Cooks, Restaurant
Geographic profile for Cooks, Restaurant

National estimates for Cooks, Restaurant:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Cooks, Restaurant:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,193,860 1.1 % $ 15.21 $ 31,630 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Cooks, Restaurant:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.84 $ 13.37 $ 14.43 $ 17.54 $ 18.80
Annual Wage (2) $ 22,550 $ 27,810 $ 30,010 $ 36,480 $ 39,090


Industry profile for Cooks, Restaurant:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Cooks, Restaurant:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 1,028,940 10.91 $ 15.07 $ 31,350
Traveler Accommodation 44,580 3.24 $ 17.16 $ 35,690
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 30,120 9.82 $ 14.45 $ 30,060
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 26,610 2.39 $ 16.07 $ 33,430
Special Food Services 18,200 3.84 $ 16.87 $ 35,090

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Cooks, Restaurant:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 1,028,940 10.91 $ 15.07 $ 31,350
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 30,120 9.82 $ 14.45 $ 30,060
Special Food Services 18,200 3.84 $ 16.87 $ 35,090
Gambling Industries 6,510 3.59 $ 15.56 $ 32,360
Traveler Accommodation 44,580 3.24 $ 17.16 $ 35,690

Top paying industries for Cooks, Restaurant:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 50 (7) $ 20.53 $ 42,710
Rooming and Boarding Houses 50 0.52 $ 17.46 $ 36,320
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 130 0.17 $ 17.40 $ 36,190
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 10,170 0.34 $ 17.30 $ 35,990
General Merchandise Stores 800 0.03 $ 17.22 $ 35,810


Geographic profile for Cooks, Restaurant:

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



Map of employment of cooks, restaurant by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Cooks, Restaurant:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 129,350 7.82 0.92 $ 18.26 $ 37,980
Texas 117,530 9.61 1.13 $ 13.80 $ 28,710
Florida 102,950 11.96 1.41 $ 14.97 $ 31,130
New York 58,540 6.75 0.80 $ 17.42 $ 36,240
Ohio 47,910 9.21 1.09 $ 13.69 $ 28,470


Map of location quotient of cooks, restaurant by state, May 2021


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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 17,600 13.65 1.61 $ 15.62 $ 32,500
Montana 6,260 13.32 1.57 $ 13.87 $ 28,850
Hawaii 7,280 13.28 1.57 $ 18.66 $ 38,820
Rhode Island 5,920 12.93 1.53 $ 15.75 $ 32,750
Florida 102,950 11.96 1.41 $ 14.97 $ 31,130


Map of annual mean wages of cooks, restaurant by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Cooks, Restaurant:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 2,940 4.44 0.52 $ 19.41 $ 40,380
Washington 24,860 7.75 0.92 $ 18.99 $ 39,500
Hawaii 7,280 13.28 1.57 $ 18.66 $ 38,820
Vermont 1,900 6.69 0.79 $ 18.56 $ 38,600
California 129,350 7.82 0.92 $ 18.26 $ 37,980



Map of employment of cooks, restaurant by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Cooks, Restaurant:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 54,410 6.27 0.74 $ 18.10 $ 37,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 49,520 8.66 1.02 $ 18.32 $ 38,100
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 33,100 9.22 1.09 $ 14.57 $ 30,310
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 31,150 12.70 1.50 $ 15.49 $ 32,220
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 30,870 10.66 1.26 $ 14.05 $ 29,210
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 28,910 6.83 0.81 $ 15.85 $ 32,970
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 25,460 9.84 1.16 $ 13.87 $ 28,840
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 19,440 7.52 0.89 $ 18.01 $ 37,460
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 19,170 6.54 0.77 $ 16.67 $ 34,670
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 18,130 8.57 1.01 $ 16.11 $ 33,510


Map of location quotient of cooks, restaurant by area, May 2021


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 4,050 24.95 2.94 $ 13.34 $ 27,740
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 1,500 23.41 2.76 $ 21.11 $ 43,900
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 1,740 23.25 2.74 $ 14.25 $ 29,640
Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL 1,630 21.87 2.58 $ 12.75 $ 26,530
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 2,420 21.23 2.50 $ 14.61 $ 30,390
Ocean City, NJ 730 18.73 2.21 $ 16.26 $ 33,820
Brunswick, GA 750 18.43 2.17 $ 12.52 $ 26,030
Wilmington, NC 2,300 17.80 2.10 $ 13.61 $ 28,300
The Villages, FL 590 17.65 2.08 $ 14.05 $ 29,220
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 2,560 17.46 2.06 $ 16.75 $ 34,840