Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
21,050 4.4 % $12.17 $25,310 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.32 $9.19 $11.18 $14.17 $17.75
Annual Wage (2) $17,290 $19,120 $23,250 $29,480 $36,920


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 7,640 1.29 $12.33 $25,650
Grocery Stores 1,790 0.07 $11.69 $24,320
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 1,380 0.02 $11.07 $23,020
Rooming and Boarding Houses 810 7.21 $12.68 $26,380
Employment Services 810 0.03 $11.38 $23,670

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 810 7.21 $12.68 $26,380
Special Food Services 7,640 1.29 $12.33 $25,650
Religious Organizations 500 0.27 $12.95 $26,930
Specialty Food Stores 550 0.25 $10.61 $22,070
Civic and Social Organizations 530 0.14 $11.34 $23,580

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Inland Water Transportation (8) (8) $21.43 $44,580
Facilities Support Services (8) (8) $16.68 $34,700
Other Schools and Instruction (8) (8) $16.55 $34,430
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 30 0.05 $15.57 $32,390
Traveler Accommodation 760 0.04 $15.08 $31,370


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 2,520 0.18 1.09 $14.10 $29,320
Illinois 2,450 0.43 2.69 $11.42 $23,740
Washington 1,460 0.53 3.27 $12.31 $25,600
Texas 1,340 0.13 0.79 $10.77 $22,410
New Jersey 1,330 0.35 2.17 $11.87 $24,680




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)
Alaska 230 0.71 4.41 $15.59 $32,420
Louisiana 1,170 0.63 3.88 $13.68 $28,450
Mississippi 650 0.61 3.75 $8.78 $18,250
Hawaii 340 0.59 3.63 $11.46 $23,840
Washington 1,460 0.53 3.27 $12.31 $25,600




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 440 0.12 0.76 $16.77 $34,890
Nevada 110 0.10 0.59 $15.75 $32,760
Alaska 230 0.71 4.41 $15.59 $32,420
Connecticut 200 0.12 0.75 $15.22 $31,650
Massachusetts 390 0.12 0.76 $14.84 $30,860





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 1,800 0.49 3.06 $11.70 $24,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 810 0.21 1.29 $13.49 $28,070
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 780 0.55 3.43 $12.51 $26,020
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 600 0.12 0.72 $11.78 $24,500
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 380 0.18 1.11 $10.78 $22,430
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 370 0.71 4.40 $14.53 $30,220
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 310 0.12 0.72 $11.20 $23,290
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 290 0.12 0.76 $15.62 $32,490
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 280 0.12 0.77 $9.84 $20,470
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 280 0.29 1.79 $12.07 $25,110




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 130 1.42 8.79 $18.88 $39,280
Tuscaloosa, AL 120 1.36 8.39 $10.50 $21,840
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA 40 1.06 6.56 $11.61 $24,150
Ithaca, NY 50 1.04 6.41 $15.70 $32,650
Napa, CA 60 0.98 6.06 $14.95 $31,100
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 370 0.71 4.40 $14.53 $30,220
Grand Forks, ND-MN 30 0.65 4.01 $10.74 $22,340
Lafayette, LA 100 0.63 3.92 $12.36 $25,710
Appleton, WI 70 0.60 3.71 $13.21 $27,470
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 60 0.59 3.66 $11.34 $23,590




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)
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $21.61 $44,950
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 130 1.42 8.79 $18.88 $39,280
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.27 1.68 $17.62 $36,650
Naples-Marco Island, FL (8) (8) (8) $17.53 $36,460
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 50 0.07 0.40 $17.32 $36,030
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC (8) (8) (8) $16.72 $34,770
Ithaca, NY 50 1.04 6.41 $15.70 $32,650
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 50 0.20 1.21 $15.69 $32,630
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 290 0.12 0.76 $15.62 $32,490
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.26 1.62 $15.61 $32,470

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)
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 180 1.41 8.75 $8.30 $17,250
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 160 1.05 6.47 $11.77 $24,490
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 150 0.68 4.24 $9.13 $19,000
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area 140 1.73 10.69 $8.15 $16,940
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 130 1.39 8.63 $8.69 $18,070

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 140 1.73 10.69 $8.15 $16,940
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 180 1.41 8.75 $8.30 $17,250
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 130 1.39 8.63 $8.69 $18,070
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 160 1.05 6.47 $11.77 $24,490
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.74 4.55 $16.50 $34,320

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 0.66 4.10 $21.01 $43,700
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.88 $39,270
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.87 $35,090
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.74 4.55 $16.50 $34,320
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $11.99 $24,940


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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