Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

51-3093 Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend cooking equipment, such as steam cooking vats, deep fry cookers, pressure cookers, kettles, and boilers, to prepare food products. Excludes "Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders" (51-3091).


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)
33,250 3.4 % $13.51 $28,090 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.55 $9.95 $12.67 $16.62 $20.20
Annual Wage (2) $17,790 $20,690 $26,350 $34,570 $42,010


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)
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 6,760 4.04 $14.18 $29,490
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 5,140 1.06 $12.67 $26,350
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 4,750 1.66 $13.56 $28,200
Other Food Manufacturing 4,210 2.42 $15.47 $32,190
Grocery Stores 2,740 0.11 $10.54 $21,930

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 6,760 4.04 $14.18 $29,490
Grain and Oilseed Milling 1,690 2.82 $17.31 $36,000
Other Food Manufacturing 4,210 2.42 $15.47 $32,190
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 1,390 2.01 $13.63 $28,340
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 4,750 1.66 $13.56 $28,200

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grain and Oilseed Milling 1,690 2.82 $17.31 $36,000
Other General Merchandise Stores 830 0.05 $15.55 $32,340
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,150 0.88 $15.53 $32,300
Other Food Manufacturing 4,210 2.42 $15.47 $32,190
Animal Food Manufacturing 220 0.43 $14.22 $29,580


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)
Texas 2,970 0.28 1.10 $11.58 $24,080
California 2,830 0.20 0.77 $13.55 $28,190
Illinois 2,380 0.42 1.65 $12.47 $25,940
New York 2,120 0.25 0.97 $14.83 $30,840
Ohio 1,480 0.29 1.15 $13.99 $29,090




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)
Idaho 900 1.50 5.89 $13.95 $29,020
Alabama 1,460 0.80 3.14 $10.56 $21,960
Minnesota 1,420 0.54 2.10 $16.75 $34,850
Tennessee 1,310 0.49 1.93 $16.94 $35,240
Hawaii 260 0.45 1.74 $12.49 $25,970




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tennessee 1,310 0.49 1.93 $16.94 $35,240
Minnesota 1,420 0.54 2.10 $16.75 $34,850
Connecticut 270 0.17 0.66 $16.41 $34,140
Washington 470 0.17 0.67 $14.89 $30,970
Utah 370 0.31 1.20 $14.84 $30,870





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 1,760 0.48 1.89 $12.07 $25,110
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 870 0.17 0.66 $14.64 $30,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 650 0.17 0.66 $12.36 $25,710
Jackson, TN 580 9.99 39.16 $20.02 $41,640
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 570 0.22 0.84 $11.83 $24,610
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 470 0.21 0.82 $11.30 $23,510
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 470 0.22 0.87 $10.88 $22,640
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 440 0.50 1.96 $14.67 $30,510
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 370 0.38 1.47 $14.92 $31,020
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 330 0.56 2.19 $15.38 $31,980




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)
Jackson, TN 580 9.99 39.16 $20.02 $41,640
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 110 1.95 7.64 $18.79 $39,080
Fort Smith, AR-OK 210 1.86 7.28 $12.55 $26,110
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 120 1.68 6.57 $14.37 $29,880
Dover, DE 90 1.51 5.91 $10.88 $22,630
Modesto, CA 200 1.31 5.13 $19.05 $39,620
Logan, UT-ID 60 1.24 4.87 $15.14 $31,500
York-Hanover, PA 200 1.14 4.45 $13.80 $28,700
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 120 1.11 4.33 $11.52 $23,960
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 100 0.98 3.85 $16.30 $33,890




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)
Jackson, TN 580 9.99 39.16 $20.02 $41,640
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 110 0.19 0.74 $19.84 $41,260
Modesto, CA 200 1.31 5.13 $19.05 $39,620
Stockton, CA 130 0.64 2.52 $18.82 $39,140
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 110 1.95 7.64 $18.79 $39,080
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX (8) (8) (8) $18.17 $37,780
Columbia, SC 50 0.15 0.57 $17.78 $36,990
Salt Lake City, UT 80 0.13 0.53 $17.75 $36,920
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 100 0.35 1.38 $17.72 $36,860
Pittsburgh, PA 180 0.16 0.64 $16.92 $35,180

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)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 510 2.65 10.39 $15.98 $33,240
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 390 1.03 4.02 $11.58 $24,090
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 380 5.43 21.26 $14.60 $30,370
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 370 2.08 8.15 $14.58 $30,330
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 240 0.88 3.44 $14.75 $30,670

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)
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 380 5.43 21.26 $14.60 $30,370
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 510 2.65 10.39 $15.98 $33,240
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 370 2.08 8.15 $14.58 $30,330
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 90 1.49 5.84 $16.03 $33,340
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 180 1.45 5.70 $12.94 $26,920

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)
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 60 0.45 1.76 $19.66 $40,890
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.72 $38,940
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 100 0.83 3.26 $17.73 $36,880
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 100 0.44 1.74 $17.15 $35,670
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 90 1.49 5.84 $16.03 $33,340


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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