Occupational Employment Statistics

May 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations

SOC major groups



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. These and other data elements, including the 10th, 25th, 75th, and 90th percentile wages are available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

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Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
35-0000 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 10,216,620 $7.40 $8.31 $17,290 0.3 %
35-1011 Chefs and Head Cooks 118,870 $13.82 $15.68 $32,620 1.2 %
35-1012 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 694,040 $11.88 $12.90 $26,840 0.8 %
35-2011 Cooks, Fast Food 612,960 $6.95 $7.23 $15,030 0.5 %
35-2012 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 406,010 $8.80 $9.31 $19,350 0.4 %
35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant 734,870 $9.26 $9.62 $20,020 0.5 %
35-2015 Cooks, Short Order 227,360 $7.90 $8.30 $17,260 0.8 %
35-2021 Food Preparation Workers 852,890 $7.92 $8.34 $17,340 0.4 %
35-3011 Bartenders 470,020 $7.23 $8.14 $16,930 0.5 %
35-3021 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2,047,100 $7.00 $7.34 $15,260 0.3 %
35-3022 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 461,700 $7.38 $7.76 $16,140 0.8 %
35-3031 Waiters and Waitresses 2,125,100 $6.78 $7.58 $15,780 0.4 %
35-3041 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 194,260 $7.65 $8.28 $17,220 0.6 %
35-9011 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 393,500 $7.01 $7.38 $15,350 0.4 %
35-9021 Dishwashers 492,620 $7.21 $7.45 $15,490 0.4 %
35-9031 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 294,300 $7.40 $7.77 $16,170 0.4 %

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

Estimates for residual, "All Other", occupations are not available.

(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.


National OES estimates by SOC major group



May 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2003 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2003 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2003 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2003 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped Excel files

Technical notes

Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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