Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2007

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)
878,990 0.8 % $10.56 $21,960 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.27 $8.46 $10.20 $12.14 $14.55
Annual Wage (2) $15,120 $17,590 $21,220 $25,240 $30,270

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Full-Service Restaurants 694,780 $10.39 $21,610
Traveler Accommodation 58,400 $12.35 $25,680
Limited-Service Eating Places 50,480 $9.67 $20,120
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 18,370 $11.96 $24,870
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 14,490 $10.73 $22,320

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 110 $14.38 $29,920
Inland Water Transportation 110 $13.39 $27,860
Facilities Support Services 240 $13.25 $27,570
Traveler Accommodation 58,400 $12.35 $25,680
Performing Arts Companies (8) $12.03 $25,010

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Nevada 15,030 $12.87 $26,760 1.169%
Hawaii 6,450 $13.27 $27,590 1.057%
Colorado 20,980 $10.78 $22,420 0.929%
Florida 69,940 $10.95 $22,780 0.878%
Montana 3,810 $9.27 $19,280 0.875%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 3,580 $13.74 $28,590 0.577%
Hawaii 6,450 $13.27 $27,590 1.057%
Connecticut 7,650 $13.08 $27,200 0.455%
Nevada 15,030 $12.87 $26,760 1.169%
New York 38,530 $12.73 $26,480 0.452%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC 2,500 $10.03 $20,870 2.076%
Atlantic City, NJ 2,460 $11.27 $23,440 1.663%
Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin, FL 1,220 $10.99 $22,860 1.495%
Naples-Marco Island, FL 1,900 $12.31 $25,600 1.444%
Santa Fe, NM 760 $10.80 $22,470 1.390%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 1,820 $14.87 $30,930 0.421%
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 23,350 $13.59 $28,270 0.460%
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 5,030 $13.42 $27,910 0.405%
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 440 $13.35 $27,770 0.500%
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 11,820 $13.35 $27,760 1.267%

About May 2007 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2007 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2007 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2007 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2007 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 3, 2008

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