Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant

Prepare, season, and cook soups, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foodstuffs 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
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)
734,870 1.4 % $9.62 $20,020 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.68 $7.70 $9.26 $10.99 $13.25
Annual Wage (2) $13,890 $16,020 $19,260 $22,850 $27,550

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
Full-service restaurants 522,830 $9.56 $19,870 1 34
Limited-service eating places 78,930 $8.52 $17,730 2 49
Traveler accommodation 55,320 $11.19 $23,280 3 7
Other amusement and recreation industries 19,590 $10.96 $22,800 4 10
Drinking places, alcoholic beverages 18,540 $9.26 $19,270 5 40

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Other schools and instruction (6) $14.10 $29,330 (6) 1
Personal care services 190 $13.59 $28,280 22 2
Travel arrangement and reservation services (6) $12.54 $26,090 (6) 3
Rail transportation 200 $12.43 $25,850 21 4
Colleges and universities 70 $11.57 $24,050 36 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
Hawaii 6,260 $11.99 $24,940 1.132% 413
Nevada 11,000 $11.70 $24,340 1.033% 506
Montana 3,550 $8.26 $17,170 0.898% 536
Colorado 18,270 $10.16 $21,130 0.865% 637
Oregon 11,420 $9.43 $19,610 0.741% 587

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New York 28,780 $12.12 $25,210 0.348% 616
Hawaii 6,260 $11.99 $24,940 1.132% 413
New Jersey 13,250 $11.85 $24,650 0.342% 602
Connecticut 6,700 $11.71 $24,360 0.408% 560
Nevada 11,000 $11.70 $24,340 1.033% 506

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
Naples, FL MSA 1,730 $11.44 $23,790 1.526%
Barnstable-Yarmouth, MA MSA 930 $12.89 $26,810 1.411%
Sharon, PA MSA 580 $7.46 $15,510 1.224%
Galveston-Texas City, TX PMSA 1,040 $7.95 $16,530 1.192%
Columbia, MO MSA 870 $8.24 $17,140 1.173%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
New York, NY PMSA 12,610 $14.17 $29,470 0.317%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 6,710 $14.13 $29,400 0.688%
Atlantic-Cape May, NJ PMSA 2,090 $13.36 $27,800 1.141%
Barnstable-Yarmouth, MA MSA 930 $12.89 $26,810 1.411%
Bridgeport, CT PMSA 510 $12.82 $26,670 0.276%

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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