Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
395,280 0.7 % $11.70 $24,340 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.12 $9.08 $10.99 $13.71 $16.89
Annual Wage (2) $16,890 $18,890 $22,860 $28,510 $35,120


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 129,970 1.57 $10.95 $22,780
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 49,880 3.00 $11.55 $24,020
Special Food Services 45,420 7.69 $12.27 $25,510
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 32,890 4.20 $11.70 $24,340
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 31,840 0.61 $13.12 $27,290

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 1,030 9.17 $12.32 $25,620
Special Food Services 45,420 7.69 $12.27 $25,510
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 32,890 4.20 $11.70 $24,340
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 49,880 3.00 $11.55 $24,020
Inland Water Transportation 660 2.74 $12.12 $25,210

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,480 0.12 $19.75 $41,080
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 750 1.88 $16.90 $35,150
Scheduled Air Transportation 40 0.01 $16.65 $34,630
State Government (OES Designation) 5,300 0.24 $15.30 $31,820
Insurance Carriers 120 0.01 $15.19 $31,600


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 30,040 2.84 0.94 $10.07 $20,950
California 23,980 1.68 0.55 $14.31 $29,770
Pennsylvania 20,500 3.66 1.21 $12.25 $25,480
Ohio 18,630 3.69 1.22 $11.83 $24,610
Georgia 16,710 4.38 1.44 $9.51 $19,780




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 11,900 6.74 2.22 $11.03 $22,950
Arkansas 7,410 6.42 2.12 $9.61 $20,000
West Virginia 4,500 6.34 2.09 $9.86 $20,510
Mississippi 6,780 6.27 2.07 $9.06 $18,830
Delaware 2,540 6.25 2.06 $13.45 $27,980




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 1,110 1.89 0.62 $17.04 $35,450
Alaska 740 2.31 0.76 $16.86 $35,060
Rhode Island 1,150 2.53 0.83 $16.53 $34,390
Connecticut 4,090 2.52 0.83 $15.75 $32,760
New York 16,680 1.95 0.64 $14.86 $30,920





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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,220 1.79 0.59 $15.75 $32,760
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 8,260 3.65 1.20 $9.79 $20,370
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 6,560 2.48 0.82 $10.10 $21,000
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 6,510 1.79 0.59 $12.84 $26,710
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 5,510 3.02 1.00 $13.38 $27,840
St. Louis, MO-IL 5,440 4.27 1.41 $10.72 $22,300
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,260 1.36 0.45 $13.72 $28,540
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 5,020 2.93 0.97 $14.85 $30,890
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,620 2.20 0.73 $10.26 $21,330
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,610 2.64 0.87 $13.65 $28,390