Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

35-2011 Cooks, Fast Food

Prepare and cook food in a fast food restaurant with a limited menu. Duties of the 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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
612,960 2.0 % $7.23 $15,030 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $5.66 $6.15 $6.95 $8.11 $9.33
Annual Wage (2) $11,770 $12,800 $14,450 $16,880 $19,400

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
Limited-service eating places 487,980 $7.08 $14,730 1 31
Full-service restaurants 85,590 $7.69 $15,980 2 25
Special food services 6,820 $7.94 $16,510 3 20
Drinking places, alcoholic beverages 4,600 $7.87 $16,360 4 22
Grocery stores 3,830 $8.95 $18,620 5 6

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Bakeries and tortilla manufacturing 190 $11.00 $22,880 17 1
General medical and surgical hospitals 40 $10.49 $21,820 25 2
Traveler accommodation 1,990 $10.38 $21,590 7 3
Local government (OES designation) 930 $9.73 $20,240 9 4
Child day care services (6) $9.64 $20,050 (6) 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
Mississippi 11,030 $6.44 $13,390 1.016% 661
Montana 3,950 $6.40 $13,310 0.999% 571
Kentucky 15,070 $7.00 $14,550 0.875% 645
Nevada 8,720 $7.18 $14,940 0.819% 610
Oklahoma 11,070 $6.58 $13,690 0.779% 675

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Massachusetts 7,050 $9.60 $19,970 0.222% 670
Connecticut 4,960 $9.06 $18,840 0.302% 619
Washington 8,580 $8.83 $18,360 0.335% 699
Vermont 1,080 $8.43 $17,540 0.372% 491
Delaware 770 $8.36 $17,380 0.191% 490

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
Pine Bluff, AR MSA 590 $6.22 $12,950 1.764%
Pueblo, CO MSA 900 $6.64 $13,820 1.681%
Jackson, MI MSA 920 $7.04 $14,640 1.631%
Billings, MT MSA 960 $6.44 $13,390 1.423%
Great Falls, MT MSA 430 $6.48 $13,480 1.358%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Worcester, MA-CT PMSA 1,020 $12.05 $25,060 0.446%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 460 $10.98 $22,830 0.230%
Naples, FL MSA 330 $10.74 $22,340 0.291%
New Haven-Meriden, CT PMSA 470 $10.54 $21,930 0.185%
New London-Norwich, CT-RI MSA 990 $10.21 $21,230 0.688%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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: May 7, 2004

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