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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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 "Fast Food Cooks" (35-2011).


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)
183,990 3.0 % $11.12 $23,130 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.43 $9.18 $10.52 $12.23 $14.85
Annual Wage (2) $17,520 $19,090 $21,890 $25,450 $30,890


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 119,120 1.16 $10.89 $22,650
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 17,590 4.63 $11.23 $23,360
Grocery Stores 12,040 0.45 $11.54 $24,010
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 7,540 0.61 $11.28 $23,460
Special Food Services 7,120 1.04 $12.82 $26,670

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 17,590 4.63 $11.23 $23,360
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 119,120 1.16 $10.89 $22,650
Special Food Services 7,120 1.04 $12.82 $26,670
Specialty Food Stores 1,720 0.75 $11.72 $24,380
Gasoline Stations 6,110 0.66 $9.72 $20,210

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 310 0.01 $15.60 $32,440
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 350 0.01 $14.19 $29,520
Traveler Accommodation 3,820 0.20 $13.34 $27,760
Performing Arts Companies 110 0.09 $13.24 $27,540
Special Food Services 7,120 1.04 $12.82 $26,670


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 20,570 1.75 1.34 $10.87 $22,610
California 20,350 1.27 0.97 $12.45 $25,890
Ohio 12,360 2.32 1.77 $10.28 $21,380
New York 12,070 1.33 1.01 $11.22 $23,340
New Jersey 7,130 1.80 1.38 $11.86 $24,670




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)
New Hampshire 3,230 5.01 3.83 $10.05 $20,890
Nebraska 4,460 4.61 3.52 $11.38 $23,680
Montana 1,820 4.00 3.05 $10.62 $22,080
South Dakota 1,660 3.97 3.03 $10.59 $22,030
Maine 1,920 3.22 2.46 $10.90 $22,660




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 350 0.50 0.39 $14.25 $29,640
Nevada 1,950 1.54 1.17 $14.22 $29,580
Alaska 430 1.33 1.01 $13.65 $28,400
Vermont 520 1.70 1.30 $13.41 $27,890
New Mexico 940 1.16 0.89 $13.27 $27,610





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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,950 1.51 1.15 $11.12 $23,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,570 1.32 1.01 $11.94 $24,840
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,220 2.15 1.64 $11.18 $23,250
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,500 1.76 1.34 $10.59 $22,030
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,250 1.45 1.11 $11.91 $24,780
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 3,710 1.02 0.78 $11.44 $23,790
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 2,730 2.99 2.28 $9.76 $20,310
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 2,670 2.56 1.95 $10.12 $21,050
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 2,320 1.70 1.30 $12.17 $25,300
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 2,190 4.53 3.46 $11.97 $24,900




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Billings, MT 970 11.23 8.57 $10.59 $22,030
Portsmouth, NH-ME 660 7.19 5.49 $10.17 $21,150
Bangor, ME 420 6.60 5.04 $10.03 $20,850
Lincoln, NE 1,090 6.24 4.76 $10.59 $22,040
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 410 5.67 4.33 $9.57 $19,900
Lima, OH 250 5.18 3.95 $10.15 $21,110
Grand Island, NE 210 4.97 3.79 $12.84 $26,700
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 640 4.95 3.78 $10.07 $20,940
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 2,190 4.53 3.46 $11.97 $24,900
Rapid City, SD 270 4.21 3.21 $10.71 $22,280