Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant

Prepare, season, and cook dishes such as soups, meats, vegetables, or desserts in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.


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)
1,104,790 0.7 % $11.40 $23,700 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.29 $9.20 $10.81 $13.10 $15.35
Annual Wage (2) $17,240 $19,130 $22,490 $27,250 $31,940


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 949,940 9.87 $11.17 $23,230
Traveler Accommodation 65,300 3.51 $13.81 $28,730
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 22,180 1.92 $12.44 $25,860
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 17,270 4.76 $11.09 $23,070
Special Food Services 15,350 2.42 $12.27 $25,510

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 949,940 9.87 $11.17 $23,230
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 17,270 4.76 $11.09 $23,070
Traveler Accommodation 65,300 3.51 $13.81 $28,730
Gambling Industries 7,850 2.98 (8) (8)
Special Food Services 15,350 2.42 $12.27 $25,510

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 40 (7) $15.78 $32,830
Facilities Support Services 40 0.03 $14.63 $30,430
Grocery Stores 3,210 0.12 $14.40 $29,960
Home Furnishings Stores 60 0.02 $14.03 $29,190
Traveler Accommodation 65,300 3.51 $13.81 $28,730


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 126,360 8.36 1.02 $11.90 $24,750
Florida 91,740 11.97 1.46 $11.78 $24,500
Texas 88,020 7.84 0.96 $10.68 $22,220
New York 62,930 7.14 0.87 $12.81 $26,640
Ohio 41,060 7.90 0.97 $10.68 $22,220



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)
Nevada 18,890 15.88 1.94 $13.75 $28,600
Hawaii 8,930 14.58 1.78 $14.22 $29,580
Oregon 21,920 13.02 1.59 $11.41 $23,740
Florida 91,740 11.97 1.46 $11.78 $24,500
Colorado 24,850 10.49 1.28 $11.71 $24,360



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 5,410 8.01 0.98 $14.44 $30,040
Hawaii 8,930 14.58 1.78 $14.22 $29,580
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $14.16 $29,450
Alaska 2,360 7.25 0.89 $14.07 $29,260
Nevada 18,890 15.88 1.94 $13.75 $28,600




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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 37,390 6.93 0.85 $13.41 $27,890
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 32,140 7.92 0.97 $11.48 $23,880
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 26,530 7.07 0.86 $11.37 $23,660
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 20,810 7.32 0.90 $10.61 $22,080
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 19,370 8.15 1.00 $12.93 $26,890
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 18,500 7.75 0.95 $11.41 $23,730
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 17,290 7.73 0.94 $11.58 $24,080
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 16,850 9.23 1.13 $11.20 $23,300
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 16,010 8.77 1.07 $12.03 $25,020
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 15,850 14.68 1.80 $11.81 $24,560