Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

35-2019 Cooks, All Other

All cooks not listed separately.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
20,700 4.6 % $11.99 $24,930 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.23 $9.07 $10.96 $14.02 $17.59
Annual Wage (2) $17,120 $18,860 $22,800 $29,150 $36,580


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Special Food Services 7,330 1.28 $11.99 $24,940
Grocery Stores 1,880 0.08 $12.27 $25,530
Limited-Service Eating Places 1,260 0.03 $11.47 $23,860
Traveler Accommodation 920 0.05 $13.08 $27,210
Rooming and Boarding Houses 740 6.74 $13.05 $27,140

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rooming and Boarding Houses 740 6.74 $13.05 $27,140
Special Food Services 7,330 1.28 $11.99 $24,940
Inland Water Transportation 180 0.75 $21.31 $44,330
Religious Organizations 470 0.25 $12.59 $26,180
Specialty Food Stores 510 0.23 $10.85 $22,570

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Inland Water Transportation 180 0.75 $21.31 $44,330
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 40 0.12 $18.92 $39,360
Management of Companies and Enterprises 150 0.01 $14.67 $30,510
Support Activities for Mining 220 0.07 $14.53 $30,230
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (8) (8) $14.01 $29,150


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,450 0.17 1.08 $13.60 $28,290
Illinois 2,440 0.44 2.72 $11.20 $23,290
Louisiana 1,780 0.97 6.00 $11.92 $24,790
Washington 1,620 0.59 3.68 $12.10 $25,180
Texas 1,290 0.12 0.77 $10.28 $21,380




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 1,780 0.97 6.00 $11.92 $24,790
Alaska 250 0.80 4.97 $15.11 $31,430
Washington 1,620 0.59 3.68 $12.10 $25,180
Hawaii 300 0.52 3.21 $11.78 $24,500
Mississippi 540 0.51 3.14 $8.66 $18,010




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 150 0.13 0.81 $15.50 $32,230
Alaska 250 0.80 4.97 $15.11 $31,430
Massachusetts 490 0.16 0.97 $14.89 $30,970
Maryland 170 0.07 0.43 $14.58 $30,330
New York 860 0.10 0.63 $14.03 $29,170





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,900 0.53 3.29 $11.36 $23,630
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 820 0.60 3.70 $12.40 $25,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 690 0.18 1.12 $13.17 $27,390
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 450 0.18 1.09 $9.24 $19,220
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 440 0.09 0.54 $13.91 $28,940
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 400 0.38 2.38 $10.08 $20,960
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.37 2.31 $13.96 $29,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 350 0.15 0.93 $14.65 $30,470
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 310 0.62 3.82 $14.03 $29,180
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 250 0.37 2.32 $12.89 $26,810




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 230 2.51 15.56 $16.83 $35,000
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA 60 1.68 10.39 $11.29 $23,470
Lafayette, LA 180 1.21 7.52 $10.45 $21,730
Ithaca, NY 50 0.99 6.12 $17.11 $35,580
Yakima, WA 80 0.98 6.10 $11.31 $23,510
Napa, CA 60 0.92 5.67 $14.69 $30,560
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 140 0.80 4.94 $9.59 $19,950
Missoula, MT 40 0.65 4.02 $9.52 $19,790
Rockford, IL 90 0.62 3.84 $12.63 $26,270
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 310 0.62 3.82 $14.03 $29,180




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ithaca, NY 50 0.99 6.12 $17.11 $35,580
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 50 0.07 0.42 $16.84 $35,030
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 230 2.51 15.56 $16.83 $35,000
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $16.66 $34,640
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 40 0.14 0.90 $16.56 $34,440
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 30 0.16 0.99 $15.53 $32,310
Toledo, OH (8) (8) (8) $15.41 $32,060
New Haven, CT (8) (8) (8) $15.28 $31,790
Syracuse, NY (8) (8) (8) $15.13 $31,480
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $15.10 $31,410

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area 300 3.66 22.66 $8.53 $17,750
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 140 2.46 15.26 $11.49 $23,890
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 130 1.07 6.64 $8.51 $17,690
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 130 1.39 8.59 $8.70 $18,090
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 110 0.53 3.27 $8.74 $18,180

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area 300 3.66 22.66 $8.53 $17,750
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 140 2.46 15.26 $11.49 $23,890
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 130 1.39 8.59 $8.70 $18,090
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 1.18 7.30 $15.46 $32,150
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 130 1.07 6.64 $8.51 $17,690

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.65 4.06 $19.48 $40,510
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.39 $38,250
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 1.18 7.30 $15.46 $32,150
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $12.83 $26,680
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.67 4.14 $12.11 $25,190


About May 2011 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2011 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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