Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

35-1011 Chefs and Head Cooks

Direct and may participate in the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts.


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)
129,370 1.9 % $22.07 $45,920 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.13 $14.83 $19.95 $27.46 $35.66
Annual Wage (2) $23,150 $30,840 $41,500 $57,110 $74,170


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 73,320 0.74 $20.28 $42,180
Special Food Services 14,780 2.22 $23.01 $47,860
Traveler Accommodation 14,390 0.76 $25.98 $54,030
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 6,740 0.57 $27.23 $56,640
Grocery Stores 2,870 0.11 $19.53 $40,620

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Special Food Services 14,780 2.22 $23.01 $47,860
Rooming and Boarding Houses 120 0.98 $20.59 $42,830
Traveler Accommodation 14,390 0.76 $25.98 $54,030
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 73,320 0.74 $20.28 $42,180
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 6,740 0.57 $27.23 $56,640

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) 1,540 0.08 $31.87 $66,290
Scientific Research and Development Services 80 0.01 $31.72 $65,980
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers (8) (8) $30.58 $63,610
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services (8) (8) $30.29 $63,000
Activities Related to Real Estate 60 0.01 $30.24 $62,890


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 19,290 1.25 1.33 $22.02 $45,810
New York 13,840 1.54 1.64 $22.46 $46,720
Texas 8,140 0.70 0.75 $20.85 $43,380
Florida 7,800 0.98 1.05 $26.36 $54,820
Illinois 4,560 0.78 0.83 $21.32 $44,350



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)
Hawaii 1,860 3.00 3.19 $21.46 $44,650
Nevada 3,400 2.76 2.94 $24.70 $51,380
District of Columbia 1,300 1.93 2.06 $29.24 $60,820
New York 13,840 1.54 1.64 $22.46 $46,720
New Hampshire 970 1.53 1.63 $20.88 $43,440



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,300 1.93 2.06 $29.24 $60,820
New Jersey 3,690 0.94 1.01 $27.98 $58,200
Massachusetts 4,510 1.33 1.42 $26.84 $55,840
Florida 7,800 0.98 1.05 $26.36 $54,820
Rhode Island 610 1.30 1.38 $25.71 $53,480




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 9,840 1.52 1.62 $23.51 $48,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,250 1.28 1.36 $19.59 $40,740
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 2,800 3.09 3.29 $25.16 $52,330
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,660 0.74 0.79 $23.13 $48,110
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,650 0.90 0.96 $21.07 $43,820
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,610 1.08 1.15 $29.05 $60,420
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,600 1.48 1.58 $27.37 $56,940
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,500 1.01 1.08 $17.00 $35,370
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 2,310 2.27 2.42 $23.70 $49,290
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,980 1.46 1.56 $22.73 $47,280