Department of Labor Logo United States Department of Labor
Dot gov

The .gov means it's official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you're on a federal government site.

Https

The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Occupational Employment Statistics
PRINT:Print
OES OES Program Links

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant

Prepare, season, and cook dishes such as soups, meats, vegetables, or desserts in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.


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)
1,401,890 0.7 % $13.80 $28,700 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.60 $11.31 $13.36 $15.67 $18.62
Annual Wage (2) $19,970 $23,520 $27,790 $32,600 $38,740


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 1,186,130 10.97 $13.60 $28,280
Traveler Accommodation 84,540 4.12 $16.00 $33,280
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 30,960 7.78 $13.15 $27,340
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 27,120 2.01 $14.69 $30,560
Special Food Services 23,000 3.13 $15.31 $31,850

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 1,186,130 10.97 $13.60 $28,280
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 30,960 7.78 $13.15 $27,340
Traveler Accommodation 84,540 4.12 $16.00 $33,280
Gambling Industries 9,110 4.02 $14.53 $30,230
Special Food Services 23,000 3.13 $15.31 $31,850

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services 90 0.04 $17.61 $36,620
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 490 2.86 $16.81 $34,970
Grantmaking and Giving Services (8) (8) $16.62 $34,580
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 210 0.13 $16.13 $33,540
Facilities Support Services 110 0.07 $16.03 $33,340


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 179,050 10.30 1.08 $15.48 $32,200
Texas 117,010 9.41 0.99 $12.55 $26,100
Florida 116,310 13.23 1.39 $13.81 $28,730
New York 71,100 7.47 0.78 $15.60 $32,450
Pennsylvania 58,390 9.89 1.04 $12.87 $26,770




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 11,220 17.65 1.85 $17.26 $35,900
Nevada 22,510 16.16 1.69 $16.11 $33,500
Florida 116,310 13.23 1.39 $13.81 $28,730
Montana 6,050 12.94 1.36 $13.14 $27,320
Colorado 33,720 12.59 1.32 $14.37 $29,890




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 11,220 17.65 1.85 $17.26 $35,900
District of Columbia 8,130 11.24 1.18 $16.91 $35,170
Washington 32,010 9.65 1.01 $16.51 $34,340
Massachusetts 30,470 8.42 0.88 $16.39 $34,100
Nevada 22,510 16.16 1.69 $16.11 $33,500





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 65,010 10.42 1.09 $14.84 $30,870
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 61,910 6.41 0.67 $16.19 $33,680
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 41,330 8.84 0.93 $14.41 $29,970
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 33,570 12.71 1.33 $14.63 $30,430
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 32,790 8.97 0.94 $13.21 $27,480
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 29,590 11.97 1.25 $18.48 $38,430
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 29,510 9.67 1.01 $12.62 $26,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 27,510 8.65 0.91 $15.02 $31,230
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 25,220 9.19 0.96 $13.06 $27,160
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 23,160 8.28 0.87 $16.61 $34,540