Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

35-2012 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria

Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.


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)
396,970 0.7 % $11.65 $24,230 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.07 $9.04 $10.92 $13.62 $16.82
Annual Wage (2) $16,780 $18,790 $22,710 $28,340 $34,980


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)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 134,970 1.61 $10.97 $22,810
Nursing Care Facilities 48,880 2.93 $11.48 $23,890
Special Food Services 43,520 7.62 $12.08 $25,130
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 32,430 4.28 $11.64 $24,210
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 31,340 0.60 $13.03 $27,110

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rooming and Boarding Houses 1,040 9.37 $12.07 $25,110
Special Food Services 43,520 7.62 $12.08 $25,130
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 32,430 4.28 $11.64 $24,210
Nursing Care Facilities 48,880 2.93 $11.48 $23,890
Inland Water Transportation 650 2.63 $13.31 $27,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Financial Investment Activities 40 0.01 $19.98 $41,560
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,510 0.12 $19.78 $41,140
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions (8) (8) $15.91 $33,090
State Government (OES Designation) 5,420 0.24 $15.85 $32,970
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 600 1.66 $15.83 $32,920


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)
Texas 36,530 3.54 1.15 $10.01 $20,830
California 23,180 1.65 0.53 $14.17 $29,470
Ohio 21,750 4.37 1.41 $11.88 $24,710
Pennsylvania 20,060 3.62 1.17 $12.25 $25,480
New York 16,920 2.01 0.65 $14.46 $30,070




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)
Kentucky 11,670 6.73 2.18 $11.08 $23,050
Arkansas 7,630 6.69 2.16 $9.69 $20,150
West Virginia 4,470 6.38 2.06 $9.75 $20,290
Tennessee 15,620 6.00 1.94 $10.00 $20,800
Mississippi 6,410 5.97 1.93 $9.09 $18,900




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 1,050 1.83 0.59 $17.24 $35,870
Alaska 650 2.06 0.67 $17.01 $35,380
Rhode Island 1,130 2.50 0.81 $16.68 $34,700
Connecticut 4,220 2.63 0.85 $16.36 $34,020
Massachusetts 9,260 2.93 0.95 $14.71 $30,600





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 9,570 3.75 1.21 $10.35 $21,520
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,420 1.86 0.60 $15.26 $31,740
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 6,480 1.81 0.58 $12.62 $26,240
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 5,770 3.18 1.03 $13.20 $27,450
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 5,300 2.38 0.77 $10.27 $21,350
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,090 2.49 0.80 $10.08 $20,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,980 1.30 0.42 $13.36 $27,800
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,940 2.95 0.95 $14.68 $30,530
St. Louis, MO-IL 4,800 3.78 1.22 $10.66 $22,170
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,560 2.66 0.86 $13.87 $28,850