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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
487,510 1.8 % $10.89 $22,650 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.36 $9.22 $10.74 $12.07 $14.08
Annual Wage (2) $17,390 $19,180 $22,330 $25,110 $29,290


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 469,500 4.39 $10.86 $22,580
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 4,180 0.14 $12.08 $25,140
Gasoline Stations 3,370 0.36 $10.44 $21,710
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,100 0.16 $12.06 $25,070
Special Food Services 1,480 0.21 $11.79 $24,530

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 469,500 4.39 $10.86 $22,580
Amusement Parks and Arcades 960 0.46 $11.28 $23,470
Gasoline Stations 3,370 0.36 $10.44 $21,710
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1,350 0.34 $11.06 $23,000
Special Food Services 1,480 0.21 $11.79 $24,530

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Furniture Stores 110 0.05 $15.96 $33,200
Traveler Accommodation 900 0.04 $14.54 $30,250
Gambling Industries 310 0.13 $13.65 $28,400
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores (8) (8) $13.64 $28,380
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (8) (8) $12.91 $26,860


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 111,360 6.55 1.94 $12.18 $25,330
Texas 40,100 3.31 0.98 $10.09 $21,000
Illinois 18,120 3.02 0.90 $10.43 $21,690
Arizona 17,500 6.27 1.86 $11.36 $23,620
Georgia 17,370 3.95 1.17 $9.82 $20,430




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 12,610 11.22 3.33 $8.78 $18,270
Idaho 7,550 10.69 3.17 $9.31 $19,360
Oklahoma 14,960 9.39 2.79 $9.32 $19,380
Nevada 9,970 7.40 2.20 $10.69 $22,230
California 111,360 6.55 1.94 $12.18 $25,330




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 2,410 3.38 1.00 $14.05 $29,220
Washington 8,080 2.48 0.74 $13.92 $28,960
Massachusetts 6,330 1.77 0.53 $13.76 $28,620
Hawaii 1,560 2.43 0.72 $13.54 $28,160
Connecticut 4,980 3.00 0.89 $13.00 $27,040





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-Anaheim, CA 43,560 7.12 2.11 $12.29 $25,560
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 14,550 9.74 2.89 $11.83 $24,610
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 13,790 6.71 1.99 $11.39 $23,680
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 13,630 2.94 0.87 $10.48 $21,800
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 12,610 1.33 0.39 $12.07 $25,100
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 12,400 3.47 1.03 $10.30 $21,420
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 11,150 4.61 1.37 $12.47 $25,940
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 10,660 3.98 1.18 $10.06 $20,920
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 9,960 3.18 0.94 $12.04 $25,050
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 8,640 8.76 2.60 $10.75 $22,360