Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

35-3022 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop

Serve food to diners at counter or from a steam table. Include counter attendants who also wait tables with "Waiters and Waitresses" (35-3031).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
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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)
461,700 3.4 % $7.76 $16,140 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $5.82 $6.49 $7.38 $8.53 $10.43
Annual Wage (2) $12,100 $13,500 $15,360 $17,740 $21,690

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 223,810 $7.35 $15,290 1 62
Elementary and secondary schools 42,640 $9.53 $19,820 2 11
Full-service restaurants 30,530 $7.39 $15,360 3 59
Special food services 28,970 $7.68 $15,980 4 46
Other amusement and recreation industries 14,900 $7.27 $15,110 5 66

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
State government (OES designation) 230 $14.09 $29,320 38 1
Depository credit intermediation 40 $10.83 $22,530 60 2
Other hospitals 140 $10.53 $21,910 43 3
Nursing care facilities 1,740 $10.47 $21,780 18 4
Other general merchandise stores 8,290 $10.42 $21,680 7 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 5,340 $7.55 $15,690 0.966% 503
Oregon 9,520 $7.94 $16,520 0.618% 613
Washington 15,370 $8.34 $17,350 0.600% 708
California 87,060 $8.84 $18,390 0.600% 724
South Dakota 2,000 $6.99 $14,540 0.564% 492

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 2,180 $9.56 $19,890 0.367% 415
Nevada 3,410 $8.94 $18,600 0.320% 595
California 87,060 $8.84 $18,390 0.600% 724
Massachusetts 16,550 $8.59 $17,860 0.521% 683
Connecticut 5,970 $8.40 $17,480 0.364% 631

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
Brockton, MA PMSA 1,250 $8.37 $17,400 1.255%
Honolulu, HI MSA 4,280 $7.28 $15,140 1.066%
Corpus Christi, TX MSA 1,590 $6.43 $13,380 1.013%
Great Falls, MT MSA 300 $6.88 $14,320 0.947%
Rapid City, SD MSA 450 $7.00 $14,570 0.937%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Danbury, CT PMSA 170 $10.82 $22,500 0.191%
Redding, CA MSA 130 $10.16 $21,140 0.203%
Stockton-Lodi, CA MSA 540 $9.86 $20,500 0.268%
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA PMSA 8,480 $9.72 $20,220 0.774%
Chico-Paradise, CA MSA 300 $9.72 $20,210 0.422%

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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.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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