Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
1,217,370 0.7 % $12.23 $25,430 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.73 $9.87 $11.61 $14.05 $16.87
Annual Wage (2) $18,170 $20,530 $24,140 $29,220 $35,090


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 1,039,630 10.11 $12.00 $24,960
Traveler Accommodation 71,360 3.71 $14.52 $30,190
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 23,950 1.94 $13.26 $27,590
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 20,260 5.34 $11.91 $24,770
Special Food Services 20,070 2.93 $13.44 $27,950

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 1,039,630 10.11 $12.00 $24,960
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 20,260 5.34 $11.91 $24,770
Traveler Accommodation 71,360 3.71 $14.52 $30,190
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 440 2.97 $14.15 $29,440
Special Food Services 20,070 2.93 $13.44 $27,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Individual and Family Services 40 (7) $15.66 $32,570
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services 160 0.08 $15.37 $31,970
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 70 (7) $14.94 $31,070
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 40 0.03 $14.68 $30,540
Traveler Accommodation 71,360 3.71 $14.52 $30,190


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 133,870 8.38 0.97 $13.56 $28,200
Florida 101,520 12.35 1.42 $12.59 $26,190
Texas 101,210 8.62 0.99 $11.55 $24,030
New York 67,300 7.40 0.85 $13.47 $28,010
Pennsylvania 50,470 8.78 1.01 $11.92 $24,790




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 20,860 16.41 1.89 $14.86 $30,910
Hawaii 8,410 13.30 1.53 $16.22 $33,740
Oregon 22,290 12.44 1.44 $12.61 $26,220
Florida 101,520 12.35 1.42 $12.59 $26,190
Colorado 30,270 12.07 1.39 $12.83 $26,690




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 8,410 13.30 1.53 $16.22 $33,740
New Jersey 20,480 5.18 0.60 $15.29 $31,810
Nevada 20,860 16.41 1.89 $14.86 $30,910
Vermont 2,430 7.98 0.92 $14.34 $29,830
Alaska 1,900 5.89 0.68 $14.29 $29,730





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 47,170 7.16 0.83 $14.36 $29,860
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 36,590 8.67 1.00 $13.09 $27,220
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 27,730 7.62 0.88 $12.25 $25,480
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 24,730 8.43 0.97 $11.59 $24,100
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 22,480 9.02 1.04 $13.02 $27,090
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 20,000 8.23 0.95 $12.85 $26,740
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 19,920 7.80 0.90 $11.56 $24,050
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 18,500 15.82 1.82 $12.64 $26,300
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 17,500 9.16 1.06 $12.96 $26,950
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 17,110 12.09 1.39 $12.68 $26,370