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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
13,193,090 0.1 % $11.88 $24,710 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.38 $9.15 $10.53 $12.96 $17.48
Annual Wage (2) $17,440 $19,040 $21,910 $26,960 $36,350


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 9,502,060 90.41 $11.52 $23,960
Special Food Services 563,240 81.09 $12.95 $26,940
Traveler Accommodation 497,030 25.38 $14.47 $30,090
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 384,540 13.14 $12.15 $25,270
Elementary and Secondary Schools 381,100 4.50 $12.53 $26,060

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 9,502,060 90.41 $11.52 $23,960
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 328,800 85.01 $12.09 $25,140
Special Food Services 563,240 81.09 $12.95 $26,940
Rooming and Boarding Houses 4,130 35.02 $12.13 $25,230
Traveler Accommodation 497,030 25.38 $14.47 $30,090

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 60 0.01 $19.77 $41,120
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,620 0.62 $19.56 $40,690
Rail Transportation 720 0.31 $18.69 $38,880
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 80 0.02 $18.34 $38,150
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 50 0.01 $18.28 $38,020


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 1,558,050 93.32 1.01 $13.59 $28,270
Texas 1,156,950 97.30 1.05 $11.34 $23,580
Florida 921,580 109.46 1.18 $12.21 $25,400
New York 750,270 81.48 0.88 $13.75 $28,590
Illinois 508,850 85.84 0.93 $11.52 $23,960




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 186,940 142.68 1.54 $12.69 $26,400
Hawaii 82,120 129.73 1.40 $16.46 $34,230
Montana 50,700 110.04 1.19 $11.14 $23,160
Florida 921,580 109.46 1.18 $12.21 $25,400
Rhode Island 50,030 105.13 1.14 $12.76 $26,540




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 82,120 129.73 1.40 $16.46 $34,230
District of Columbia 55,280 78.05 0.84 $16.04 $33,350
Washington 290,270 91.09 0.98 $14.46 $30,080
Massachusetts 300,430 85.15 0.92 $14.34 $29,830
Vermont 25,950 85.06 0.92 $14.20 $29,540



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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 518,000 77.38 0.84 $14.00 $29,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 410,070 92.55 1.00 $13.18 $27,410
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 306,880 83.79 0.91 $11.98 $24,910
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 278,040 94.91 1.03 $11.75 $24,430
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 247,920 94.64 1.02 $10.15 $21,110
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 224,220 89.99 0.97 $11.92 $24,790
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 210,830 83.69 0.90 $13.28 $27,620
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 182,030 91.94 0.99 $12.32 $25,630
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 160,910 83.27 0.90 $12.61 $26,220
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 157,620 97.52 1.05 $13.31 $27,690