Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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)
898,820 0.8 % $11.11 $23,110 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.76 $8.86 $10.66 $12.78 $15.27
Annual Wage (2) $16,140 $18,430 $22,170 $26,590 $31,770


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 711,930 $10.95 $22,770
Traveler Accommodation 57,710 $13.19 $27,430
Limited-Service Eating Places 55,230 $9.85 $20,490
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 19,420 $12.46 $25,910
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 13,110 $11.05 $22,980

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 50 $16.11 $33,500
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 40 $15.45 $32,130
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 110 $15.42 $32,070
Other Personal Services 110 $14.72 $30,620
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 130 $14.10 $29,340


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
Nevada 15,570 $14.05 $29,220 13.194
Colorado 23,060 $11.06 $23,010 10.319
Hawaii 5,550 $14.64 $30,450 9.439
Florida 68,650 $11.54 $24,000 9.332
Wyoming 2,450 $11.23 $23,370 8.672

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Hawaii 5,550 $14.64 $30,450 9.439
Nevada 15,570 $14.05 $29,220 13.194
District of Columbia 3,900 $13.92 $28,940 6.123
New York 42,210 $13.58 $28,250 4.973
Connecticut 8,330 $13.43 $27,930 5.051


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
Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL 1,360 $9.80 $20,390 19.804
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC 1,960 $11.21 $23,320 17.676
Naples-Marco Island, FL 1,950 $13.45 $27,980 16.994
Barnstable Town, MA 1,460 $13.56 $28,210 15.389
Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin, FL 1,170 $10.24 $21,300 15.288

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 9,050 $15.35 $31,930 4.937
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 2,170 $14.73 $30,640 5.192
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 12,450 $14.55 $30,260 14.499
New Haven, CT 970 $14.50 $30,160 3.569
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 26,300 $14.36 $29,870 5.193


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.


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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