Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

51-3093 Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend cooking equipment, such as steam cooking vats, deep fry cookers, pressure cookers, kettles, and boilers, to prepare food products. Exclude "Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders" (51-3091).

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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)
34,140 3.3 % $11.13 $23,160 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.91 $8.13 $10.51 $13.54 $16.77
Annual Wage (2) $14,380 $16,900 $21,860 $28,160 $34,890

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty 7,950 $12.22 $25,410 1 6
Animal slaughtering and processing 5,100 $10.08 $20,960 2 11
Bakeries and tortilla manufacturing 4,040 $11.66 $24,260 3 9
Other food manufacturing 3,410 $11.14 $23,170 4 10
Dairy product manufacturing 2,550 $14.90 $30,990 5 2

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Grain and oilseed milling 600 $15.09 $31,390 10 1
Dairy product manufacturing 2,550 $14.90 $30,990 5 2
Beverage manufacturing 190 $13.08 $27,200 13 3
Warehousing and storage 90 $12.91 $26,840 15 4
Animal food manufacturing 170 $12.38 $25,750 14 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Idaho 920 $10.02 $20,850 0.163% 438
Wisconsin 2,220 $14.96 $31,120 0.082% 398
Arkansas 700 $9.74 $20,260 0.062% 489
Utah 600 $11.57 $24,070 0.057% 456
Nebraska 450 $12.26 $25,500 0.052% 382

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Wisconsin 2,220 $14.96 $31,120 0.082% 398
Illinois 1,440 $13.12 $27,280 0.025% 503
Iowa 500 $13.04 $27,120 0.035% 396
Michigan 940 $12.88 $26,800 0.022% 500
Minnesota 680 $12.60 $26,200 0.026% 515

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ PMSA 120 $10.62 $22,090 0.203%
Fort Smith, AR-OK MSA 130 $8.70 $18,100 0.133%
Joplin, MO MSA 90 $10.80 $22,470 0.121%
Merced, CA MSA 60 $11.03 $22,950 0.099%
Brockton, MA PMSA 90 $12.54 $26,080 0.091%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Eau Claire, WI MSA 40 $15.65 $32,550 0.054%
Madison, WI MSA (6) $15.30 $31,830 (6)
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI MSA 180 $15.21 $31,640 0.011%
Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA PMSA 110 $14.70 $30,570 0.012%
Reno, NV MSA 30 $14.68 $30,540 0.015%

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Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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