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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

35-0000 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: Chefs and Head Cooks ; First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers ; Cooks, Fast Food ; Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria ; Cooks, Private Household ; Cooks, Restaurant ; Cooks, Short Order ; Cooks, All Other ; Food Preparation Workers ; Bartenders ; Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food ; Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop ; Waiters and Waitresses ; Food Servers, Nonrestaurant ; Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers ; Dishwashers ; Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop ; Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other


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 major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
12,981,720 0.1 % $11.47 $23,850 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.28 $8.94 $10.01 $12.34 $16.92
Annual Wage (2) $17,220 $18,600 $20,810 $25,680 $35,200


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 9,312,510 90.52 $11.10 $23,080
Special Food Services 556,640 81.34 $12.50 $26,000
Traveler Accommodation 489,010 25.44 $14.10 $29,330
Elementary and Secondary Schools 385,600 4.58 $12.10 $25,170
Grocery Stores 336,460 12.50 $11.77 $24,480

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 9,312,510 90.52 $11.10 $23,080
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 323,290 85.16 $11.72 $24,390
Special Food Services 556,640 81.34 $12.50 $26,000
Rooming and Boarding Houses 4,380 35.90 $12.28 $25,540
Traveler Accommodation 489,010 25.44 $14.10 $29,330

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 40 0.01 $23.21 $48,290
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,700 0.63 $19.11 $39,750
Rail Transportation (8) (8) $18.75 $39,010
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 30 0.01 $18.53 $38,550
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 1,020 2.59 $18.51 $38,490


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 1,506,480 94.35 1.02 $13.16 $27,380
Texas 1,138,440 96.93 1.05 $10.96 $22,810
Florida 908,330 110.48 1.19 $11.95 $24,860
New York 735,490 80.84 0.87 $13.11 $27,270
Ohio 506,630 94.91 1.03 $10.65 $22,150




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)
Nevada 181,260 142.62 1.54 $12.74 $26,500
Hawaii 81,250 128.54 1.39 $14.78 $30,750
Florida 908,330 110.48 1.19 $11.95 $24,860
Montana 50,060 110.09 1.19 $10.78 $22,420
Rhode Island 50,460 106.18 1.15 $12.05 $25,070




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 55,670 79.25 0.86 $14.81 $30,800
Hawaii 81,250 128.54 1.39 $14.78 $30,750
Alaska 28,340 87.61 0.95 $13.70 $28,500
Vermont 26,520 87.03 0.94 $13.64 $28,380
Washington 283,050 92.28 1.00 $13.48 $28,030