Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
525,350 1.6 % $8.91 $18,540 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.57 $8.00 $8.70 $9.34 $10.98
Annual Wage (2) $15,740 $16,650 $18,100 $19,430 $22,840


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)
Limited-Service Eating Places 453,160 11.27 $8.85 $18,400
Full-Service Restaurants 41,760 0.94 $9.22 $19,170
Gasoline Stations 5,840 0.71 $8.65 $18,000
Grocery Stores 4,970 0.20 $10.22 $21,270
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 4,000 0.38 $9.49 $19,740

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Limited-Service Eating Places 453,160 11.27 $8.85 $18,400
Amusement Parks and Arcades 1,570 0.98 $9.65 $20,070
Full-Service Restaurants 41,760 0.94 $9.22 $19,170
Specialty Food Stores 1,780 0.84 $9.08 $18,890
Gasoline Stations 5,840 0.71 $8.65 $18,000

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 50 (7) $12.18 $25,330
Furniture Stores 40 0.02 $11.53 $23,980
Other General Merchandise Stores (8) (8) $11.39 $23,690
Traveler Accommodation 1,190 0.07 $10.57 $21,980
Other Food Manufacturing 250 0.15 $10.39 $21,610


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 106,470 7.60 1.84 $9.20 $19,140
Texas 40,920 4.06 0.98 $8.52 $17,720
Illinois 29,570 5.35 1.29 $9.18 $19,090
Georgia 26,880 7.18 1.74 $8.89 $18,490
Florida 24,430 3.44 0.83 $8.68 $18,050




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 11,500 10.74 2.60 $8.36 $17,390
Arkansas 9,590 8.45 2.04 $8.21 $17,070
California 106,470 7.60 1.84 $9.20 $19,140
South Carolina 12,900 7.39 1.79 $8.47 $17,630
Georgia 26,880 7.18 1.74 $8.89 $18,490




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 6,340 2.03 0.49 $10.57 $21,980
Maryland 7,690 3.12 0.76 $10.24 $21,310
Rhode Island 790 1.77 0.43 $10.06 $20,930
Hawaii 1,960 3.42 0.83 $10.02 $20,850
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $10.02 $20,840

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-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 30,430 7.97 1.93 $9.09 $18,920
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 14,540 4.10 0.99 $9.20 $19,140
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 13,720 6.24 1.51 $9.28 $19,300
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 12,520 10.97 2.66 $9.17 $19,070
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 10,650 6.33 1.53 $9.01 $18,730
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 9,940 7.23 1.75 $9.08 $18,880
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 8,580 6.92 1.68 $9.52 $19,790
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 8,070 4.03 0.98 $8.53 $17,730
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 7,760 3.11 0.75 $8.88 $18,480
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,720 1.55 0.38 $10.05 $20,900




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)
Sumter, SC 600 18.00 4.36 $7.94 $16,520
Merced, CA 880 15.38 3.72 $8.84 $18,380
Great Falls, MT 500 14.01 3.39 $8.30 $17,260
Pine Bluff, AR 460 13.43 3.25 $8.07 $16,790
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 510 13.42 3.25 $8.70 $18,090
Modesto, CA 2,010 13.33 3.22 $9.05 $18,820
Yuba City, CA 490 13.19 3.19 $8.99 $18,700
Farmington, NM 620 13.02 3.15 $8.76 $18,220
Hattiesburg, MS 710 12.98 3.14 $8.54 $17,770
Jonesboro, AR 600 12.94 3.13 $8.05 $16,740




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)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,510 0.91 0.22 $12.01 $24,990
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 70 1.19 0.29 $11.45 $23,820
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 940 1.71 0.41 $11.42 $23,750
Ann Arbor, MI 1,430 7.58 1.83 $10.85 $22,560
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $10.74 $22,350
New Haven, CT (8) (8) (8) $10.70 $22,250
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 420 4.23 1.02 $10.66 $22,170
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 1,570 2.00 0.48 $10.66 $22,170
Baltimore-Towson, MD 4,850 3.92 0.95 $10.42 $21,670
Elmira, NY (8) (8) (8) $10.38 $21,590

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 2,470 6.52 1.58 $8.23 $17,110
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 2,390 8.95 2.17 $8.41 $17,490
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 2,080 13.98 3.38 $8.41 $17,480
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 2,020 9.82 2.38 $8.38 $17,420
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 1,610 8.78 2.12 $8.80 $18,310

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)
Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 1,130 14.76 3.57 $8.12 $16,890
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 2,080 13.98 3.38 $8.41 $17,480
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area 380 13.58 3.28 $8.97 $18,660
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 340 13.10 3.17 $8.25 $17,170
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area 170 12.82 3.10 $9.93 $20,660

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)
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.20 $27,450
Northwestern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $12.02 $24,990
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $10.54 $21,920
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 210 2.08 0.50 $10.52 $21,890
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $10.38 $21,590


About May 2010 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 mean 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011