Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

35-2011 Cooks, Fast Food

Prepare and cook food in a fast food restaurant with a limited menu. Duties of the cooks are limited to preparation of a few basic items and normally involve operating large-volume single-purpose cooking equipment.

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)
539,520 1.5 % $8.76 $18,230 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.19 $7.68 $8.52 $9.37 $10.94
Annual Wage (2) $14,960 $15,980 $17,720 $19,490 $22,760


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
Limited-Service Eating Places 459,910 $8.68 $18,050
Full-Service Restaurants 46,450 $9.11 $18,950
Gasoline Stations 5,970 $8.49 $17,670
Grocery Stores 5,540 $10.40 $21,620
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 4,510 $9.46 $19,670

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 40 $12.90 $26,830
Furniture Stores 60 $11.60 $24,130
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 50 $10.84 $22,540
Traveler Accommodation 1,460 $10.77 $22,410
Civic and Social Organizations 330 $10.75 $22,370


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 Employment per thousand workers
Mississippi 12,030 $8.15 $16,960 10.968
Arkansas 10,560 $7.76 $16,130 9.199
Oklahoma 11,820 $8.06 $16,770 7.750
California 112,460 $9.23 $19,190 7.738
South Carolina 12,830 $8.16 $16,960 7.114

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 740 $10.44 $21,720 1.166
Vermont 690 $10.13 $21,070 2.352
Connecticut 5,700 $10.05 $20,910 3.454
Massachusetts 5,000 $9.99 $20,790 1.576
Washington 5,730 $9.79 $20,360 2.053


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 Employment per thousand workers
Sumter, SC 580 $7.54 $15,680 17.006
Great Falls, MT 590 $8.28 $17,220 16.496
Merced, CA 930 $8.87 $18,450 15.623
Hattiesburg, MS 840 $8.29 $17,250 14.762
Anderson, SC 790 $7.99 $16,620 13.722

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Barnstable Town, MA 190 $11.43 $23,770 1.960
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL (8) $11.04 $22,970 (8)
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 370 $10.83 $22,520 3.720
New Haven, CT 800 $10.78 $22,420 2.939
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,310 $10.75 $22,370 0.774


About May 2009 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 XLS files.

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 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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