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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

35-2012 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria

Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.


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)
400,320 0.7 % $13.60 $28,290 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.06 $10.58 $12.91 $15.80 $19.17
Annual Wage (2) $18,840 $22,000 $26,860 $32,860 $39,880


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)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 119,470 1.40 $12.71 $26,440
Special Food Services 55,160 7.69 $14.24 $29,630
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 45,820 2.85 $13.02 $27,080
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 40,560 4.36 $13.70 $28,500
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 30,580 0.55 $15.35 $31,930

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 55,160 7.69 $14.24 $29,630
Rooming and Boarding Houses 750 6.28 $14.65 $30,480
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 40,560 4.36 $13.70 $28,500
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 45,820 2.85 $13.02 $27,080
Child Day Care Services 18,540 2.06 $11.93 $24,810

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,630 0.13 $20.99 $43,650
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,680 0.22 $18.38 $38,230
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 460 1.21 $17.54 $36,480
Insurance Carriers 90 0.01 $17.11 $35,580
Inland Water Transportation 380 1.48 $16.53 $34,380


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)
Texas 33,000 2.72 0.98 $11.91 $24,770
California 29,470 1.73 0.63 $17.15 $35,680
Illinois 19,960 3.33 1.20 $13.24 $27,550
Ohio 18,910 3.49 1.26 $13.11 $27,260
New York 16,180 1.72 0.62 $16.73 $34,800




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)
West Virginia 5,090 7.30 2.64 $11.63 $24,200
Mississippi 7,180 6.39 2.31 $9.84 $20,460
South Dakota 2,570 6.08 2.20 $12.61 $26,230
Oklahoma 9,680 6.07 2.20 $10.41 $21,650
Delaware 2,650 5.90 2.13 $15.68 $32,620




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 3,360 2.03 0.73 $18.55 $38,580
Hawaii 1,360 2.11 0.76 $18.32 $38,110
Alaska 1,250 3.97 1.43 $18.11 $37,670
Massachusetts 7,460 2.09 0.76 $17.93 $37,300
District of Columbia 1,600 2.24 0.81 $17.92 $37,270





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 14,970 1.58 0.57 $17.33 $36,050
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 11,550 2.49 0.90 $13.86 $28,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 8,910 1.46 0.53 $16.56 $34,440
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 8,450 2.37 0.86 $13.07 $27,180
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 6,870 2.41 0.87 $15.62 $32,500
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 6,010 1.92 0.69 $16.30 $33,910
St. Louis, MO-IL 5,670 4.16 1.50 $12.59 $26,180
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 5,470 1.98 0.72 $18.11 $37,670
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 5,360 2.70 0.98 $17.16 $35,700
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,300 1.97 0.71 $13.16 $27,370