Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

35-2015 Cooks, Short Order

Prepare and cook to order a variety of foods that require only a short preparation time. May take orders from customers and serve patrons at counters or tables. Exclude "Fast Food Cooks" (35-2011).

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)
223,780 3.6 % $8.39 $17,450 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $5.95 $6.80 $8.00 $9.81 $11.46
Annual Wage (2) $12,370 $14,150 $16,650 $20,390 $23,840

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Full-service restaurants 92,280 $8.72 $18,150
Limited-service eating places 59,990 $7.71 $16,030
Gasoline stations 11,870 $7.32 $15,220
Other amusement and recreation industries 11,130 $8.28 $17,210
Drinking places, alcoholic beverages 10,380 $8.36 $17,390

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Rail transportation 130 $15.10 $31,410
Inland water transportation 80 $11.91 $24,780
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 50 $11.46 $23,830
Vocational rehabilitation services 40 $11.18 $23,260
General medical and surgical hospitals 630 $10.63 $22,110

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
North Dakota 1,170 $7.49 $15,590 0.372%
West Virginia 2,420 $6.50 $13,530 0.356%
Oklahoma 4,860 $7.03 $14,620 0.343%
Maine 1,830 $8.50 $17,690 0.309%
Rhode Island 1,320 $8.97 $18,660 0.277%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 200 $11.45 $23,810 0.034%
Hawaii 930 $11.41 $23,730 0.167%
Massachusetts 4,400 $10.77 $22,400 0.141%
Connecticut 2,040 $10.54 $21,930 0.125%
Alaska 270 $10.13 $21,070 0.093%

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
Janesville-Beloit, WI MSA 530 $8.14 $16,920 0.811%
Lake Charles, LA MSA 460 $6.64 $13,810 0.565%
Dover, DE MSA 270 $8.81 $18,330 0.506%
Saginaw-Bay City-Midland, MI MSA 820 $6.87 $14,300 0.495%
Lawrence, KS MSA 220 $7.35 $15,300 0.464%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 280 $13.34 $27,740 0.141%
Barnstable-Yarmouth, MA MSA 100 $12.66 $26,340 0.151%
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 550 $12.36 $25,710 0.086%
Danbury, CT PMSA 120 $11.77 $24,470 0.134%
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 1,820 $11.73 $24,400 0.096%

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

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.

All Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations

November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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