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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

35-2012 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria

Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.


National estimates for Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria
Industry profile for Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria
Geographic profile for Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria

National estimates for Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
387,300 0.8 % $ 14.40 $ 29,940 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 9.55 $ 11.21 $ 13.78 $ 16.84 $ 19.99
Annual Wage (2) $ 19,860 $ 23,320 $ 28,650 $ 35,020 $ 41,580


Industry profile for Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 122,290 1.48 $ 13.27 $ 27,610
Special Food Services 48,420 8.68 $ 14.98 $ 31,160
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 46,850 3.05 $ 14.07 $ 29,270
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 41,780 4.44 $ 14.80 $ 30,790
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 30,170 0.54 $ 16.33 $ 33,960

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Special Food Services 48,420 8.68 $ 14.98 $ 31,160
Rooming and Boarding Houses 490 4.92 $ 14.72 $ 30,620
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 41,780 4.44 $ 14.80 $ 30,790
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 46,850 3.05 $ 14.07 $ 29,270
Child Day Care Services 16,750 2.11 $ 12.69 $ 26,400

Top paying industries for Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 2,710 0.13 $ 22.23 $ 46,240
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 240 0.67 $ 18.99 $ 39,490
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 60 0.01 $ 18.80 $ 39,100
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 180 0.01 $ 18.30 $ 38,060
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 80 0.69 $ 18.16 $ 37,780


Geographic profile for Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 30,210 2.50 0.90 $ 12.70 $ 26,420
California 22,300 1.36 0.49 $ 18.70 $ 38,890
Ohio 22,280 4.34 1.56 $ 13.86 $ 28,840
Florida 20,680 2.45 0.88 $ 13.45 $ 27,980
Illinois 19,710 3.50 1.26 $ 14.00 $ 29,130




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 4,930 7.59 2.73 $ 12.73 $ 26,470
Montana 3,130 6.88 2.47 $ 13.91 $ 28,930
Oklahoma 10,670 6.83 2.45 $ 11.11 $ 23,100
Mississippi 7,120 6.61 2.37 $ 10.10 $ 21,010
Idaho 4,440 6.17 2.22 $ 12.91 $ 26,860




Top paying states for Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 1,060 1.85 0.66 $ 20.54 $ 42,720
Massachusetts 6,860 2.05 0.74 $ 19.83 $ 41,240
Alaska 1,320 4.46 1.60 $ 19.71 $ 41,000
Connecticut 2,780 1.80 0.65 $ 19.42 $ 40,390
Washington 8,520 2.67 0.96 $ 18.89 $ 39,300





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 12,290 1.39 0.50 $ 18.96 $ 39,440
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 11,410 2.61 0.94 $ 14.60 $ 30,360
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 7,900 2.20 0.79 $ 13.32 $ 27,710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 7,510 1.29 0.46 $ 18.19 $ 37,830
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,640 1.90 0.68 $ 12.46 $ 25,920
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 5,630 2.25 0.81 $ 13.89 $ 28,880
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 5,600 2.07 0.75 $ 16.99 $ 35,340
St. Louis, MO-IL 5,460 4.20 1.51 $ 13.13 $ 27,320
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 5,220 2.48 0.89 $ 15.17 $ 31,560
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 5,050 1.94 0.70 $ 20.14 $ 41,890




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Danville, IL 240 9.68 3.48 $ 13.46 $ 27,990
Great Falls, MT 310 8.97 3.22 $ 12.27 $ 25,530
Lawton, OK 350 8.49 3.05 $ 11.52 $ 23,950
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 290 8.33 2.99 $ 12.81 $ 26,640
Fort Smith, AR-OK 840 8.10 2.91 $ 10.34 $ 21,510
Gadsden, AL 250 7.87 2.83 $ 9.95 $ 20,700
Pueblo, CO 460 7.73 2.78 $ 14.34 $ 29,830
Dover, DE 470 7.60 2.73 $ 16.09 $ 33,460
Owensboro, KY 360 7.59 2.73 $ 12.11 $ 25,180
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 900 7.35 2.64 $ 12.50 $ 25,990