Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
507,940 1.7 % $9.07 $18,870 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.82 $8.30 $8.88 $9.50 $11.28
Annual Wage (2) $16,260 $17,270 $18,470 $19,750 $23,460


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 484,240 5.22 $9.04 $18,810
Gasoline Stations 4,850 0.57 $8.68 $18,060
Special Food Services 2,910 0.47 $9.95 $20,700
Grocery Stores 2,750 0.11 $10.02 $20,840
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,230 0.20 $9.67 $20,110

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 484,240 5.22 $9.04 $18,810
Specialty Food Stores 1,740 0.78 $9.36 $19,470
Gasoline Stations 4,850 0.57 $8.68 $18,060
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1,910 0.54 $9.77 $20,330
Amusement Parks and Arcades 940 0.54 $10.38 $21,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other General Merchandise Stores 40 (7) $12.38 $25,760
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 70 (7) $11.71 $24,350
Gambling Industries 170 0.13 $11.29 $23,490
Traveler Accommodation 1,530 0.09 $11.15 $23,190
Local Government (OES Designation) 730 0.01 $11.14 $23,160


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 109,050 7.41 1.93 $9.49 $19,750
Texas 39,110 3.58 0.94 $8.39 $17,450
Illinois 23,870 4.18 1.09 $9.24 $19,230
Georgia 17,840 4.60 1.20 $8.81 $18,330
New York 17,290 2.00 0.52 $9.67 $20,110




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 10,460 9.65 2.52 $8.32 $17,310
Arkansas 10,660 9.25 2.41 $8.27 $17,200
Oklahoma 13,220 8.48 2.21 $8.37 $17,410
California 109,050 7.41 1.93 $9.49 $19,750
Idaho 4,500 7.35 1.92 $8.48 $17,630




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 6,000 3.67 0.96 $11.69 $24,310
Vermont 560 1.88 0.49 $10.63 $22,100
Alaska 630 1.97 0.51 $10.61 $22,060
Washington 7,420 2.62 0.68 $10.23 $21,270
New Jersey 9,420 2.46 0.64 $9.91 $20,600





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 28,230 7.10 1.85 $9.21 $19,160
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 14,180 3.83 1.00 $9.23 $19,200
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 12,400 8.54 2.23 $9.44 $19,630
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 11,130 9.26 2.42 $9.08 $18,880
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 9,760 4.23 1.10 $9.02 $18,760
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 9,180 5.15 1.35 $9.48 $19,720
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 8,550 10.20 2.66 $9.03 $18,790
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 8,180 1.56 0.41 $9.94 $20,680
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 8,030 6.22 1.62 $9.55 $19,860
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 6,420 2.71 0.71 $9.49 $19,740