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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

35-1011 Chefs and Head Cooks

Direct and may participate in the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts.


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)
128,190 2.7 % $27.07 $56,310 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.64 $17.97 $24.78 $32.93 $41.82
Annual Wage (2) $28,370 $37,380 $51,530 $68,500 $86,990


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 66,790 0.62 $25.75 $53,570
Special Food Services 15,520 2.11 $28.87 $60,050
Traveler Accommodation 15,070 0.73 $30.28 $62,980
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 6,610 0.49 $30.48 $63,390
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 2,930 0.31 $24.93 $51,850

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Special Food Services 15,520 2.11 $28.87 $60,050
Rooming and Boarding Houses 100 0.89 $22.18 $46,120
Traveler Accommodation 15,070 0.73 $30.28 $62,980
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 66,790 0.62 $25.75 $53,570
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 80 0.50 $32.82 $68,270

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Office Administrative Services (8) (8) $35.06 $72,930
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,460 0.07 $34.20 $71,130
Insurance Carriers 60 (7) $33.64 $69,970
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 80 0.50 $32.82 $68,270
Motion Picture and Video Industries 200 0.05 $32.37 $67,320


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)
California 21,370 1.23 1.41 $29.35 $61,040
New York 17,950 1.89 2.16 $28.55 $59,380
Florida 12,040 1.37 1.57 $25.49 $53,030
Texas 5,350 0.43 0.49 $27.34 $56,880
Massachusetts 4,280 1.18 1.36 $30.38 $63,190




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)
Vermont 950 3.11 3.57 $22.14 $46,040
Nevada 3,350 2.41 2.76 $27.33 $56,850
New York 17,950 1.89 2.16 $28.55 $59,380
District of Columbia 1,220 1.68 1.93 $31.67 $65,870
Hawaii 940 1.48 1.69 $37.81 $78,640




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 940 1.48 1.69 $37.81 $78,640
New Jersey 2,960 0.72 0.83 $36.57 $76,060
Rhode Island 300 0.63 0.72 $34.25 $71,230
District of Columbia 1,220 1.68 1.93 $31.67 $65,870
Massachusetts 4,280 1.18 1.36 $30.38 $63,190





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 17,040 1.77 2.02 $30.37 $63,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 8,350 1.34 1.53 $25.13 $52,280
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 4,620 1.87 2.14 $30.64 $63,740
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,400 0.73 0.83 $27.69 $57,600
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 3,240 1.16 1.33 $30.93 $64,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,130 0.98 1.13 $29.93 $62,260
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,090 1.17 1.34 $27.41 $57,020
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 2,840 2.79 3.19 $27.69 $57,600
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2,570 1.99 2.28 $24.49 $50,940
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,770 0.61 0.70 $30.74 $63,950