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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
527,220 2.0 % $11.31 $23,530 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.43 $9.35 $11.30 $12.70 $14.66
Annual Wage (2) $17,540 $19,450 $23,510 $26,410 $30,490


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 509,540 4.71 $11.30 $23,500
Gasoline Stations 3,700 0.40 $10.51 $21,850
Special Food Services 1,930 0.26 $12.59 $26,190
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 1,640 0.12 $12.43 $25,860
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1,080 0.27 $10.93 $22,740

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 509,540 4.71 $11.30 $23,500
Gasoline Stations 3,700 0.40 $10.51 $21,850
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1,080 0.27 $10.93 $22,740
Amusement Parks and Arcades 600 0.27 $11.47 $23,860
Special Food Services 1,930 0.26 $12.59 $26,190

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Merchandise Stores 130 (7) $15.26 $31,750
Gambling Industries 290 0.13 $15.19 $31,600
Traveler Accommodation 760 0.04 $14.66 $30,490
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 80 (7) $13.50 $28,080
Elementary and Secondary Schools 70 (7) $12.76 $26,540


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 120,240 6.92 1.93 $12.86 $26,740
Texas 38,680 3.11 0.87 $10.53 $21,900
North Carolina 22,720 5.09 1.42 $9.83 $20,450
Arizona 20,370 7.10 1.98 $11.86 $24,670
Florida 20,150 2.29 0.64 $10.66 $22,170




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 14,240 12.63 3.52 $8.85 $18,420
Idaho 6,500 8.94 2.49 $9.90 $20,590
Oklahoma 12,910 7.98 2.22 $9.71 $20,190
Nevada 10,700 7.68 2.14 $10.61 $22,060
Arizona 20,370 7.10 1.98 $11.86 $24,670




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 9,410 2.83 0.79 $14.88 $30,940
Massachusetts 5,880 1.63 0.45 $14.08 $29,280
District of Columbia 2,970 4.11 1.14 $14.01 $29,140
Oregon 3,780 1.98 0.55 $13.77 $28,630
Connecticut 6,290 3.78 1.05 $13.71 $28,510





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 45,360 7.27 2.03 $12.94 $26,920
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 15,140 9.84 2.74 $12.59 $26,190
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 13,720 6.47 1.80 $11.85 $24,650
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 12,190 2.61 0.73 $10.68 $22,220
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 12,120 1.26 0.35 $12.89 $26,820
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 11,740 3.69 1.03 $12.18 $25,340
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 11,440 4.63 1.29 $13.01 $27,060
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 11,040 3.02 0.84 $10.49 $21,830
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 10,230 3.35 0.93 $10.91 $22,700
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 9,400 9.21 2.57 $10.64 $22,130