Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
404,980 0.7 % $12.29 $25,560 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.36 $9.41 $11.52 $14.33 $17.75
Annual Wage (2) $17,400 $19,580 $23,960 $29,810 $36,920


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 126,340 1.51 $11.47 $23,850
Special Food Services 55,260 8.30 $12.70 $26,420
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 47,820 2.89 $12.05 $25,070
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 36,820 4.27 $12.25 $25,470
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 31,140 0.59 $13.84 $28,790

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 55,260 8.30 $12.70 $26,420
Rooming and Boarding Houses 790 6.25 $13.76 $28,620
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 36,820 4.27 $12.25 $25,470
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 47,820 2.89 $12.05 $25,070
Child Day Care Services 18,230 2.19 $10.83 $22,530

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Water Transportation 270 0.28 $20.58 $42,810
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,570 0.13 $19.97 $41,530
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 390 0.98 $18.73 $38,960
State Government (OES Designation) 4,510 0.20 $16.07 $33,420
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 90 0.02 $15.34 $31,920


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 33,640 2.91 0.99 $11.23 $23,350
California 26,330 1.70 0.58 $14.99 $31,170
Pennsylvania 18,990 3.33 1.13 $12.79 $26,600
Ohio 17,640 3.34 1.14 $11.94 $24,840
Georgia 17,350 4.22 1.44 $10.20 $21,210



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)
West Virginia 5,140 7.27 2.47 $10.65 $22,150
Mississippi 7,390 6.67 2.27 $9.10 $18,920
Delaware 2,710 6.24 2.12 $14.99 $31,180
South Dakota 2,520 6.11 2.08 $11.57 $24,070
Kentucky 11,200 6.09 2.08 $11.49 $23,890



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 870 2.66 0.91 $18.72 $38,930
Rhode Island 980 2.07 0.70 $16.75 $34,840
Connecticut 3,600 2.17 0.74 $16.41 $34,130
Massachusetts 7,710 2.27 0.77 $16.27 $33,830
Hawaii 1,670 2.69 0.92 $15.98 $33,240




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 9,430 1.46 0.50 $16.21 $33,710
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 8,870 3.58 1.22 $10.64 $22,130
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 7,070 1.98 0.67 $13.33 $27,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,530 1.59 0.54 $14.50 $30,160
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 6,460 2.21 0.75 $11.95 $24,860
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,720 2.46 0.84 $11.89 $24,730
St. Louis, MO-IL 5,160 3.90 1.33 $11.49 $23,910
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,190 2.23 0.76 $14.79 $30,770
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 3,810 3.84 1.31 $10.99 $22,870
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,800 1.57 0.54 $15.18 $31,570