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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

35-2011 Cooks, Fast Food

Prepare and cook food in a fast food restaurant with a limited menu. Duties of these cooks are limited to preparation of a few basic items and normally involve operating large-volume single-purpose cooking equipment.


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)
503,780 1.8 % $10.39 $21,610 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.24 $9.00 $10.12 $11.50 $13.17
Annual Wage (2) $17,140 $18,730 $21,040 $23,910 $27,400


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 482,960 4.60 $10.35 $21,530
Gasoline Stations 4,330 0.47 $10.15 $21,120
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 4,190 0.14 $11.29 $23,480
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,330 0.18 $11.56 $24,050
Special Food Services 1,940 0.28 $11.36 $23,630

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 482,960 4.60 $10.35 $21,530
Amusement Parks and Arcades 1,550 0.78 $10.96 $22,810
Gasoline Stations 4,330 0.47 $10.15 $21,120
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1,260 0.32 $10.73 $22,320
Special Food Services 1,940 0.28 $11.36 $23,630

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Furniture Stores 160 0.07 $15.11 $31,420
General Merchandise Stores 230 0.01 $14.58 $30,330
Traveler Accommodation 1,210 0.06 $13.75 $28,610
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 60 0.04 $12.87 $26,770
Elementary and Secondary Schools 50 (7) $12.83 $26,690


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 110,470 6.62 1.87 $11.53 $23,990
Texas 43,420 3.65 1.03 $9.83 $20,450
Arizona 20,850 7.71 2.18 $10.81 $22,480
Georgia 18,490 4.30 1.22 $9.20 $19,140
Ohio 18,400 3.43 0.97 $9.83 $20,440




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)
Mississippi 11,890 10.62 3.00 $8.73 $18,160
Idaho 7,070 10.32 2.92 $8.79 $18,280
Oklahoma 14,060 8.94 2.53 $9.04 $18,800
Arizona 20,850 7.71 2.18 $10.81 $22,480
Nevada 9,110 6.95 1.97 $10.42 $21,670




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 2,340 3.69 1.04 $13.50 $28,070
District of Columbia 2,070 2.92 0.83 $13.29 $27,640
Washington 6,020 1.89 0.53 $13.20 $27,460
Massachusetts 7,100 2.01 0.57 $12.90 $26,820
Alaska 840 2.63 0.75 $12.61 $26,230



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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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 28,140 6.35 1.80 $11.43 $23,770
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 16,110 8.14 2.30 $10.92 $22,710
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 14,610 10.18 2.88 $11.16 $23,210
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 11,910 4.54 1.29 $9.35 $19,440
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 11,780 7.29 2.06 $11.68 $24,290
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 10,940 1.63 0.46 $10.97 $22,810
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 8,800 3.49 0.99 $10.79 $22,440
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 8,390 5.85 1.66 $12.00 $24,960
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 8,240 2.25 0.64 $10.68 $22,220
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 8,210 2.80 0.79 $10.31 $21,440


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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)
Jackson, MS 4,100 15.60 4.41 $8.79 $18,280
Enid, OK 390 15.16 4.29 $8.92 $18,550
Jackson, TN 880 13.50 3.82 $8.71 $18,110
Merced, CA 910 13.20 3.73 $10.96 $22,800
Morristown, TN 530 12.52 3.54 $8.90 $18,510
Boise City, ID 3,840 12.45 3.52 $8.68 $18,060
Pocatello, ID 380 11.50 3.25 $8.84 $18,390
Lawton, OK 500 11.47 3.24 $8.83 $18,360
Clarksville, TN-KY 960 11.46 3.24 $8.99 $18,700
Hattiesburg, MS 690 11.23 3.18 $8.92 $18,550