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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 "Cooks, Fast Food" (35-2011).


National estimates for Cooks, Short Order
Industry profile for Cooks, Short Order
Geographic profile for Cooks, Short Order

National estimates for Cooks, Short Order:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Cooks, Short Order:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
123,350 3.8 % $ 12.99 $ 27,030 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Cooks, Short Order:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 8.92 $ 10.42 $ 12.77 $ 14.99 $ 17.89
Annual Wage (2) $ 18,550 $ 21,670 $ 26,570 $ 31,170 $ 37,210


Industry profile for Cooks, Short Order:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Cooks, Short Order:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 74,160 0.82 $ 12.69 $ 26,390
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 12,250 0.42 $ 14.18 $ 29,500
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 9,080 3.20 $ 13.67 $ 28,430
Gasoline Stations 7,510 0.82 $ 11.55 $ 24,030
Special Food Services 6,630 1.19 $ 14.49 $ 30,140

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Cooks, Short Order:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 9,080 3.20 $ 13.67 $ 28,430
Special Food Services 6,630 1.19 $ 14.49 $ 30,140
Gasoline Stations 7,510 0.82 $ 11.55 $ 24,030
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 74,160 0.82 $ 12.69 $ 26,390
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 4,570 0.45 $ 12.92 $ 26,880

Top paying industries for Cooks, Short Order:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 250 (7) $ 16.61 $ 34,560
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 130 (7) $ 15.67 $ 32,590
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water (8) (8) $ 15.36 $ 31,950
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 80 0.07 $ 15.22 $ 31,650
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 160 0.02 $ 15.03 $ 31,270


Geographic profile for Cooks, Short Order:

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





States with the highest employment level in Cooks, Short Order:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 16,930 1.03 1.16 $ 15.34 $ 31,910
Texas 11,310 0.93 1.05 $ 10.81 $ 22,490
Tennessee 8,740 3.01 3.39 $ 11.08 $ 23,050
Florida 6,880 0.82 0.92 $ 12.77 $ 26,560
New Jersey 5,720 1.51 1.70 $ 13.24 $ 27,530




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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 2,440 3.94 4.45 $ 12.89 $ 26,820
South Dakota 1,380 3.34 3.77 $ 11.90 $ 24,750
Tennessee 8,740 3.01 3.39 $ 11.08 $ 23,050
Oklahoma 3,590 2.29 2.59 $ 10.66 $ 22,170
Maine 1,260 2.19 2.47 $ 14.33 $ 29,810




Top paying states for Cooks, Short Order:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 2,100 0.66 0.74 $ 17.92 $ 37,280
District of Columbia 160 0.24 0.27 $ 17.57 $ 36,540
Hawaii (8) (8) (8) $ 16.51 $ 34,340
Alaska 500 1.70 1.92 $ 16.26 $ 33,810
New York 5,190 0.60 0.67 $ 15.72 $ 32,700





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Cooks, Short Order:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,700 1.15 1.30 $ 15.08 $ 31,370
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 6,500 0.74 0.83 $ 14.92 $ 31,030
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,420 1.70 1.92 $ 15.11 $ 31,430
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,330 0.93 1.05 $ 10.69 $ 22,240
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,270 1.55 1.75 $ 14.22 $ 29,590
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 3,200 3.32 3.74 $ 11.59 $ 24,110
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,820 0.93 1.05 $ 12.36 $ 25,700
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,810 1.04 1.17 $ 13.39 $ 27,850
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,030 0.68 0.77 $ 10.49 $ 21,830
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 1,900 1.89 2.14 $ 11.05 $ 22,980




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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Portsmouth, NH-ME 500 5.61 6.33 $ 14.44 $ 30,030
Chattanooga, TN-GA 1,310 5.37 6.06 $ 12.16 $ 25,290
Rapid City, SD 240 3.75 4.23 $ 12.17 $ 25,320
Dover-Durham, NH-ME 180 3.67 4.14 $ 12.31 $ 25,600
Lake Charles, LA 350 3.40 3.84 $ 9.47 $ 19,700
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 380 3.40 3.83 $ 14.69 $ 30,560
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 3,200 3.32 3.74 $ 11.59 $ 24,110
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 140 2.82 3.17 $ 13.44 $ 27,960
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 500 2.72 3.07 $ 15.84 $ 32,940
Charlottesville, VA 280 2.59 2.92 $ 12.41 $ 25,820




Top paying metropolitan areas for Cooks, Short Order:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Salinas, CA 80 0.47 0.53 $ 19.50 $ 40,560
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,200 0.62 0.69 $ 18.83 $ 39,170
Prescott, AZ (8) (8) (8) $ 18.08 $ 37,610
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 190 0.83 0.93 $ 17.85 $ 37,130
Santa Rosa, CA 300 1.53 1.73 $ 17.61 $ 36,630
Kennewick-Richland, WA 60 0.49 0.55 $ 17.11 $ 35,580
Danbury, CT (8) (8) (8) $ 17.04 $ 35,450
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,500 0.64 0.72 $ 16.95 $ 35,250
Urban Honolulu, HI (8) (8) (8) $ 16.93 $ 35,210
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 910 0.82 0.93 $ 16.81 $ 34,960

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Cooks, Short Order:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 620 6.30 7.11 $ 12.51 $ 26,030
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 410 7.13 8.04 $ 11.56 $ 24,040
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 370 2.88 3.25 $ 11.70 $ 24,340
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 350 2.10 2.36 $ 8.92 $ 18,540
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 280 1.91 2.15 $ 11.95 $ 24,850

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cooks, Short Order:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 410 7.13 8.04 $ 11.56 $ 24,040
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 620 6.30 7.11 $ 12.51 $ 26,030
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 370 2.88 3.25 $ 11.70 $ 24,340
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 350 2.10 2.36 $ 8.92 $ 18,540
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 280 1.91 2.15 $ 11.95 $ 24,850

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Cooks, Short Order:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 0.66 0.75 $ 17.51 $ 36,420
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 70 0.71 0.80 $ 17.36 $ 36,110
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 40 0.75 0.84 $ 17.09 $ 35,540
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 70 0.73 0.82 $ 16.13 $ 33,560
Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 15.67 $ 32,600


About May 2020 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021