Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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)
209,370 3.6 % $8.59 $17,870 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $5.99 $6.97 $8.27 $10.06 $11.79
Annual Wage (2) $12,460 $14,490 $17,210 $20,920 $24,530

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 94,430 $8.85 $18,400
Limited-service eating places 43,900 $7.95 $16,530
Drinking places, alcoholic beverages 11,990 $8.39 $17,450
Other amusement and recreation industries 11,870 $8.28 $17,230
Gasoline stations 9,940 $7.36 $15,300

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Rail transportation 110 $13.83 $28,760
Inland water transportation 110 $11.44 $23,790
General medical and surgical hospitals 710 $10.66 $22,170
Vocational rehabilitation services 60 $10.55 $21,930
Residential mental health facilities 70 $10.47 $21,780

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
Delaware 1,460 $9.62 $20,020 0.353%
Maine 2,050 $8.85 $18,400 0.343%
North Dakota 1,030 $7.93 $16,480 0.317%
Vermont 850 $9.97 $20,730 0.287%
South Carolina 4,970 $7.97 $16,580 0.277%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Hawaii 1,150 $11.87 $24,680 0.200%
Alaska 340 $11.45 $23,810 0.115%
District of Columbia 210 $11.28 $23,470 0.034%
Connecticut 2,270 $11.06 $23,010 0.138%
Massachusetts 3,600 $10.47 $21,770 0.115%

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
Muncie, IN MSA 310 $7.42 $15,440 0.625%
Charleston-North Charleston, SC MSA 1,660 $8.39 $17,460 0.625%
Myrtle Beach, SC MSA 630 $7.74 $16,100 0.581%
Kankakee, IL PMSA 240 $7.84 $16,300 0.538%
Saginaw-Bay City-Midland, MI MSA 870 $6.99 $14,540 0.528%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 330 $13.50 $28,080 0.166%
Anchorage, AK MSA 260 $11.93 $24,820 0.185%
Trenton, NJ PMSA 130 $11.59 $24,110 0.059%
Hartford, CT MSA (7) $11.42 $23,750 (7)
Honolulu, HI MSA 630 $11.05 $22,980 0.150%

About November 2004 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.

(7) Estimate not released.

All Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations

November 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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