Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

35-1011 Chefs and Head Cooks

Direct and may participate in the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts.


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)
134,190 2.3 % $22.79 $47,390 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.36 $15.50 $20.76 $28.40 $36.67
Annual Wage (2) $23,630 $32,230 $43,180 $59,080 $76,280


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 76,740 0.75 $21.03 $43,750
Special Food Services 15,360 2.24 $23.36 $48,590
Traveler Accommodation 14,070 0.73 $27.10 $56,380
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 6,850 0.56 $28.29 $58,840
Grocery Stores 3,090 0.11 $20.11 $41,830

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Special Food Services 15,360 2.24 $23.36 $48,590
Rooming and Boarding Houses 120 0.98 $20.33 $42,290
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 76,740 0.75 $21.03 $43,750
Traveler Accommodation 14,070 0.73 $27.10 $56,380
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 6,850 0.56 $28.29 $58,840

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Performing Arts Companies 60 0.05 $33.25 $69,150
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,560 0.08 $32.30 $67,180
Management of Companies and Enterprises 920 0.04 $31.33 $65,170
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services 40 0.02 $30.30 $63,030
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 60 0.02 $30.24 $62,900


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 18,610 1.17 1.22 $23.95 $49,810
New York 15,100 1.66 1.74 $22.63 $47,070
Texas 8,280 0.71 0.74 $22.47 $46,730
Florida 8,240 1.00 1.05 $27.20 $56,570
Illinois 4,810 0.81 0.85 $22.65 $47,110




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 3,440 2.71 2.83 $25.55 $53,140
Hawaii 1,630 2.57 2.69 $24.76 $51,500
Alaska 700 2.16 2.26 $18.95 $39,410
South Carolina 3,450 1.74 1.82 $16.50 $34,320
District of Columbia 1,170 1.67 1.74 $29.71 $61,800




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 2,700 0.68 0.72 $29.79 $61,970
District of Columbia 1,170 1.67 1.74 $29.71 $61,800
Rhode Island 530 1.11 1.16 $27.39 $56,970
Florida 8,240 1.00 1.05 $27.20 $56,570
Massachusetts 4,650 1.35 1.41 $26.42 $54,960





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 11,040 1.68 1.75 $23.16 $48,170
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,100 1.21 1.26 $22.10 $45,970
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 3,180 0.87 0.91 $23.98 $49,870
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,110 1.61 1.68 $18.60 $38,690
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,870 1.13 1.18 $17.98 $37,400
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 2,850 3.05 3.19 $26.22 $54,530
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,640 1.47 1.53 $27.27 $56,710
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,540 0.87 0.91 $20.80 $43,260
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,410 0.97 1.01 $30.91 $64,300
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 2,200 2.06 2.16 $25.63 $53,320