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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

51-3093 Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend cooking equipment, such as steam cooking vats, deep fry cookers, pressure cookers, kettles, and boilers, to prepare food products. Excludes “Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders” (51-3091).


National estimates for Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders
Industry profile for Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders
Geographic profile for Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders

National estimates for Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
26,710 4.2 % $ 17.03 $ 35,430 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.49 $ 14.17 $ 17.26 $ 18.55 $ 22.81
Annual Wage (2) $ 23,890 $ 29,470 $ 35,890 $ 38,580 $ 47,440


Industry profile for Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 5,110 2.99 $ 17.65 $ 36,720
Other Food Manufacturing 4,720 2.01 $ 18.15 $ 37,760
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 3,770 0.73 $ 16.23 $ 33,760
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 3,420 1.16 $ 15.68 $ 32,620
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 2,680 0.03 $ 14.99 $ 31,170

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 5,110 2.99 $ 17.65 $ 36,720
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 1,770 2.36 $ 20.35 $ 42,330
Other Food Manufacturing 4,720 2.01 $ 18.15 $ 37,760
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 3,420 1.16 $ 15.68 $ 32,620
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,290 0.84 $ 19.96 $ 41,510

Top paying industries for Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grain and Oilseed Milling 180 0.29 $ 22.40 $ 46,580
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 1,770 2.36 $ 20.35 $ 42,330
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,290 0.84 $ 19.96 $ 41,510
Other Food Manufacturing 4,720 2.01 $ 18.15 $ 37,760
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 5,110 2.99 $ 17.65 $ 36,720


Geographic profile for Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders:

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



Map of employment of food cooking machine operators and tenders by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,790 0.17 0.89 $ 16.80 $ 34,950
Texas 1,740 0.14 0.75 $ 14.02 $ 29,160
Tennessee 1,650 0.55 2.91 $ 16.95 $ 35,260
Wisconsin 1,360 0.49 2.61 $ 19.26 $ 40,060
Ohio 1,210 0.23 1.23 $ 17.02 $ 35,410


Map of location quotient of food cooking machine operators and tenders by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nebraska 780 0.81 4.27 $ 15.90 $ 33,080
Maine 440 0.75 3.95 $ 16.08 $ 33,450
Idaho 480 0.64 3.37 $ 20.71 $ 43,090
Tennessee 1,650 0.55 2.91 $ 16.95 $ 35,260
Wisconsin 1,360 0.49 2.61 $ 19.26 $ 40,060


Map of annual mean wages of food cooking machine operators and tenders by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iowa 470 0.31 1.65 $ 24.19 $ 50,310
Idaho 480 0.64 3.37 $ 20.71 $ 43,090
Minnesota 1,010 0.37 1.95 $ 20.18 $ 41,980
Kentucky 430 0.23 1.22 $ 19.84 $ 41,260
Missouri 720 0.26 1.39 $ 19.57 $ 40,710



Map of employment of food cooking machine operators and tenders by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders:

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 1,310 0.15 0.80 $ 17.63 $ 36,670
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 680 0.16 0.84 $ 18.78 $ 39,060
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 550 1.18 6.22 $ 14.99 $ 31,170
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 480 0.26 1.38 $ 20.80 $ 43,260
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 460 0.13 0.68 $ 14.49 $ 30,140
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 420 0.43 2.29 $ 16.23 $ 33,750
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 420 0.33 1.76 $ 16.94 $ 35,240
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 420 0.28 1.50 $ 18.48 $ 38,430
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 420 0.14 0.75 $ 16.23 $ 33,760
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 400 0.18 0.95 $ 18.59 $ 38,660


Map of location quotient of food cooking machine operators and tenders by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Cleveland, TN 220 4.96 26.15 $ 16.88 $ 35,110
Canton-Massillon, OH 270 1.71 9.01 $ 17.85 $ 37,130
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 130 1.61 8.47 $ 19.55 $ 40,660
Janesville-Beloit, WI 90 1.45 7.66 $ 18.00 $ 37,450
Sheboygan, WI 80 1.42 7.49 $ 19.88 $ 41,340
Appleton, WI 150 1.30 6.88 $ 20.07 $ 41,740
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 550 1.18 6.22 $ 14.99 $ 31,170
Chattanooga, TN-GA 270 1.09 5.75 $ 17.32 $ 36,030
Green Bay, WI 170 1.05 5.53 $ 18.82 $ 39,140
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 50 0.98 5.17 $ 15.16 $ 31,530


Map of annual mean wages of food cooking machine operators and tenders by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Madison, WI 160 0.42 2.20 $ 21.40 $ 44,500
Wausau, WI 50 0.78 4.13 $ 21.29 $ 44,290
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 480 0.26 1.38 $ 20.80 $ 43,260
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 30 0.20 1.04 $ 20.78 $ 43,220
Boise City, ID 320 0.95 4.99 $ 20.29 $ 42,190
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 80 0.73 3.86 $ 20.27 $ 42,170
Appleton, WI 150 1.30 6.88 $ 20.07 $ 41,740
Sheboygan, WI 80 1.42 7.49 $ 19.88 $ 41,340
St. Louis, MO-IL 90 0.07 0.39 $ 19.83 $ 41,240
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 130 1.61 8.47 $ 19.55 $ 40,660

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 190 1.02 5.37 $ 18.64 $ 38,780
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 140 0.97 5.14 $ 18.73 $ 38,950
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.65 3.41 $ 20.10 $ 41,800
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 130 1.89 9.99 $ 14.87 $ 30,920
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 120 0.66 3.48 $ 18.55 $ 38,580

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 130 1.89 9.99 $ 14.87 $ 30,920
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 90 1.27 6.68 $ 20.07 $ 41,750
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 190 1.02 5.37 $ 18.64 $ 38,780
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 140 0.97 5.14 $ 18.73 $ 38,950
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 80 0.87 4.61 $ 21.85 $ 45,440

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 80 0.87 4.61 $ 21.85 $ 45,440
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 1.59 $ 21.44 $ 44,600
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 100 0.39 2.06 $ 21.07 $ 43,830
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.45 2.37 $ 20.17 $ 41,960
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.65 3.41 $ 20.10 $ 41,800


About May 2021 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.

(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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022