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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

35-3022 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop

Serve food to diners at counter or from a steam table. Counter attendants who also wait tables are included in "Waiters and Waitresses" (35-3031).


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)
499,550 2.1 % $10.28 $21,380 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.28 $8.87 $9.60 $11.11 $13.47
Annual Wage (2) $17,230 $18,460 $19,970 $23,100 $28,010


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 275,300 2.68 $9.84 $20,480
Special Food Services 38,100 5.57 $10.69 $22,230
Motion Picture and Video Industries 30,530 7.22 $9.50 $19,760
Elementary and Secondary Schools 22,270 0.26 $11.64 $24,210
Grocery Stores 19,180 0.71 $10.82 $22,500

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 30,530 7.22 $9.50 $19,760
Special Food Services 38,100 5.57 $10.69 $22,230
Book Stores and News Dealers 4,130 4.67 $9.49 $19,750
Amusement Parks and Arcades 8,390 4.21 $10.53 $21,910
Specialty Food Stores 6,900 2.99 $10.38 $21,590

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 60 0.02 $14.05 $29,220
Other General Merchandise Stores 11,090 0.58 $13.99 $29,100
State Government (OES Designation) 340 0.02 $13.86 $28,830
Facilities Support Services (8) (8) $13.49 $28,070
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,060 0.10 $13.29 $27,650


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 49,540 4.22 1.19 $9.28 $19,300
California 47,970 3.00 0.84 $12.39 $25,760
Florida 37,770 4.59 1.29 $9.75 $20,280
New York 31,470 3.46 0.97 $11.32 $23,540
New Jersey 30,370 7.68 2.16 $9.84 $20,460




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)
Hawaii 5,470 8.65 2.43 $11.33 $23,570
Massachusetts 27,500 7.95 2.23 $10.90 $22,680
Alaska 2,540 7.87 2.21 $12.00 $24,950
New Jersey 30,370 7.68 2.16 $9.84 $20,460
Rhode Island 3,640 7.67 2.16 $10.44 $21,710




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 1,680 2.40 0.67 $13.51 $28,090
California 47,970 3.00 0.84 $12.39 $25,760
Nevada 4,670 3.68 1.03 $12.02 $25,010
Alaska 2,540 7.87 2.21 $12.00 $24,950
Washington 13,380 4.36 1.23 $11.92 $24,780





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 29,830 4.53 1.27 $11.03 $22,930
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 19,680 6.70 1.88 $9.09 $18,910
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 15,130 8.39 2.36 $10.93 $22,730
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 13,650 3.75 1.05 $10.66 $22,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 13,310 3.15 0.89 $12.50 $25,990
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 12,010 6.29 1.77 $10.04 $20,880
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 8,710 7.52 2.11 $9.58 $19,930
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 8,420 7.19 2.02 $10.12 $21,050
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 8,130 3.27 0.92 $10.90 $22,680
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 7,000 2.74 0.77 $9.18 $19,090