Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
402,800 0.7 % $12.00 $24,970 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.20 $9.22 $11.27 $14.04 $17.36
Annual Wage (2) $17,070 $19,180 $23,440 $29,200 $36,100


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 126,240 1.52 $11.17 $23,230
Special Food Services 52,630 8.29 $12.50 $26,000
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 48,610 2.93 $11.79 $24,520
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 36,110 4.30 $11.94 $24,830
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 31,160 0.59 $13.53 $28,140

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 52,630 8.29 $12.50 $26,000
Rooming and Boarding Houses 960 7.64 $13.20 $27,460
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 36,110 4.30 $11.94 $24,830
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 48,610 2.93 $11.79 $24,520
Child Day Care Services 18,110 2.23 $10.55 $21,940

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 50 0.31 $22.10 $45,970
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,500 0.13 $19.83 $41,240
Support Activities for Water Transportation 360 0.38 $18.05 $37,540
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 320 0.81 $17.66 $36,740
State Government (OES Designation) 5,210 0.24 $16.26 $33,820


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 31,470 2.80 0.94 $10.69 $22,240
California 27,180 1.80 0.60 $14.74 $30,650
Georgia 20,220 5.08 1.70 $9.81 $20,410
Pennsylvania 18,740 3.31 1.11 $12.58 $26,170
Ohio 17,930 3.45 1.16 $11.95 $24,860



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 4,680 6.61 2.22 $10.08 $20,970
Mississippi 7,140 6.53 2.19 $9.01 $18,740
Delaware 2,730 6.44 2.16 $14.19 $29,520
Kentucky 11,310 6.26 2.10 $11.24 $23,380
Oklahoma 9,490 6.01 2.02 $9.51 $19,780



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 900 2.75 0.92 $17.93 $37,300
Rhode Island 1,050 2.27 0.76 $16.37 $34,040
Connecticut 3,980 2.42 0.81 $16.05 $33,390
Hawaii 1,530 2.50 0.84 $15.82 $32,910
Massachusetts 7,680 2.31 0.78 $15.67 $32,580




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)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 10,290 4.31 1.45 $10.18 $21,180
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 8,530 1.58 0.53 $16.14 $33,570
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 7,560 2.01 0.68 $13.22 $27,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,440 1.59 0.53 $14.31 $29,770
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 6,130 2.16 0.72 $11.18 $23,260
St. Louis, MO-IL 5,290 4.05 1.36 $10.90 $22,660
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,940 2.65 0.89 $13.72 $28,540
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,880 2.18 0.73 $11.38 $23,670
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,900 2.17 0.73 $16.13 $33,550
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,900 2.14 0.72 $14.04 $29,210