Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

35-2015 Cooks, Short Order

Prepare and cook to order a variety of foods that require only a short preparation time. May take orders from customers and serve patrons at counters or tables. Excludes "Fast Food Cooks" (35-2011).


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)
174,230 3.2 % $11.57 $24,060 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.59 $9.42 $10.93 $12.90 $15.50
Annual Wage (2) $17,870 $19,600 $22,740 $26,830 $32,240


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 112,980 1.07 $11.31 $23,520
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 16,750 4.33 $11.68 $24,290
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 12,300 0.42 $12.48 $25,970
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 7,300 0.57 $11.22 $23,350
Special Food Services 7,070 1.02 $13.56 $28,210

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 16,750 4.33 $11.68 $24,290
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 112,980 1.07 $11.31 $23,520
Special Food Services 7,070 1.02 $13.56 $28,210
Gasoline Stations 5,870 0.63 $9.98 $20,750
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 7,300 0.57 $11.22 $23,350

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 40 0.02 $22.09 $45,940
Furniture Stores 40 0.02 $16.75 $34,850
Real Estate 60 (7) $16.26 $33,810
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 270 0.01 $15.63 $32,510
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 290 0.01 $14.58 $30,320


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 19,650 1.18 0.96 $13.12 $27,280
Texas 18,340 1.54 1.26 $11.18 $23,250
Ohio 13,300 2.48 2.03 $10.43 $21,700
New York 13,030 1.42 1.16 $11.46 $23,840
New Jersey 9,890 2.47 2.02 $12.24 $25,460




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)
South Dakota 1,700 4.06 3.32 $11.27 $23,440
New Hampshire 2,270 3.49 2.86 $10.73 $22,320
Maine 1,860 3.10 2.53 $11.95 $24,850
Nebraska 2,660 2.74 2.24 $11.99 $24,950
Montana 1,190 2.57 2.11 $10.96 $22,790




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 1,460 1.12 0.91 $15.12 $31,450
Alaska 450 1.42 1.17 $14.56 $30,290
Washington 2,610 0.82 0.67 $14.08 $29,290
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $14.06 $29,250
New Mexico 740 0.93 0.76 $13.78 $28,670



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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 11,770 1.76 1.44 $11.29 $23,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,840 1.09 0.89 $12.55 $26,100
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,710 1.61 1.31 $11.88 $24,710
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 4,000 1.09 0.89 $11.80 $24,540
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,790 1.45 1.18 $11.04 $22,960
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,670 1.47 1.21 $11.54 $23,990
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 2,820 2.67 2.19 $10.40 $21,640
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 2,690 1.87 1.53 $12.68 $26,380
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 2,680 2.30 1.88 $13.44 $27,950
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,450 1.52 1.24 $12.73 $26,480


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rapid City, SD 370 5.59 4.58 $11.62 $24,180
Lima, OH 280 5.55 4.54 $10.33 $21,490
Grand Island, NE 170 4.49 3.67 $13.52 $28,120
Bangor, ME 280 4.31 3.52 $10.71 $22,270
Dayton, OH 1,510 4.06 3.32 $10.00 $20,810
Lincoln, NE 690 3.95 3.23 $11.79 $24,530
Utica-Rome, NY 470 3.80 3.11 $10.95 $22,770
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 460 3.65 2.99 $11.97 $24,900
Portland-South Portland, ME 730 3.60 2.95 $12.73 $26,470
Huntsville, AL 780 3.53 2.89 $10.31 $21,450


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 120 1.65 1.35 $18.04 $37,520
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.97 0.79 $16.48 $34,280
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $16.31 $33,920
Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $16.22 $33,750
Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $16.21 $33,710
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 1,140 1.19 0.97 $16.08 $33,460
Barnstable Town, MA (8) (8) (8) $15.71 $32,670
Worcester, MA-CT 180 0.63 0.52 $15.41 $32,050
Framingham, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $15.24 $31,710
Anchorage, AK 350 2.03 1.66 $15.21 $31,650

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 950 2.85 2.33 $11.00 $22,890
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 840 3.32 2.72 $9.65 $20,060
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 610 3.18 2.61 $11.75 $24,440
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 580 4.38 3.58 $10.88 $22,630
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 560 5.86 4.79 $8.83 $18,370

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 240 6.23 5.09 $10.76 $22,380
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 560 5.86 4.79 $8.83 $18,370
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 510 5.22 4.27 $10.02 $20,840
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area 150 4.39 3.59 $10.86 $22,590
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 580 4.38 3.58 $10.88 $22,630

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 80 0.79 0.65 $15.38 $31,990
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.52 $30,190
Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland nonmetropolitan area 160 3.44 2.82 $14.10 $29,320
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 250 2.30 1.88 $13.87 $28,850
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.48 $28,030


About May 2017 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018