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Restaurant Cooks typically work in small to medium size restaurants. They're required to prepare a larger variety of foods when compared to fast-food cooks or cooks employed in cafeterias. They prepare entrees, soups, salads, side dishes desserts and other types of food. Restaurant cooks typically prepare foods according to recipes. They must learn to effectively use a variety of cooking equipment such as grills, ovens, broilers, pots and pans, knives and slicers. Restaurant cooks have to perform at a high standard while working at a fast-pace. A keen sense of taste and smell are also important in the profession.

Head restaurant cooks supervise the other kitchen employees, determine food requirements and order the appropriate supplies. They may also plan menus and determine food portions. Head cooks are also responsible for uniform quality and presentation of meals.

Some restaurants have designated cooks such as fry cooks, grill cooks and vegetable cooks. Large restaurants usually have a team of cooks. Each cook typically works at a specific station and prepares specific types of foods.

Institution and cafeteria cooks are employed in hospitals, schools, businesses and other settings. Typically, they prepare an extensive amount of food, based on a small number of entrees and side dishes and desserts. Short-order cooks usually work in restaurants and coffee shops that require food to be prepared quickly. Fast-food restaurant cooks typically work with a limited selection of food items.

Responsibilities

The tasks required of restaurant cooks vary by the work environment and the employer. However, typically restaurant cooks are responsible to perform a variety of tasks including:

  • Help determine the amount of food supplies required
  • Some restaurant cooks may assist supervisors in planning menus, including for special events
  • Restaurant cooks may be required to keep records and accounts
  • Cook food based on recipes or personal experience
  • Broil, bake, roast and steam meats, vegetables and fish
  • Create bread, cakes and pastries
  • Test food to make sure it has been cooked properly
  • Check food preparation and service areas to make sure they meet safety and sanitary standards
  • Determine food portions for meals
  • Assist other cooks during busy periods

Job Characteristics

Restaurant cooks must be good at working as part of a team. Being able to communicate in popular foreign languages can be advantageous while working with other restaurant employees.

Some restaurants provide modern equipment, air conditioning and spacious work areas. Some restaurants, especially those situated in older buildings, often include smaller work areas and do not provide the quality work environment provided in newer restaurants.

During peak dining hours, restaurant kitchens typically becoming fast paced environments and cooks must be able to handle the pressure and be able to effectively communicate during the rush periods. They must also have the ability to stand for long periods of time and work close to hot grills and ovens and lift heavy pots.

Cooks may be scheduled to work in the early morning hours, late in the evenings, on weekends and on holidays. Often variable work schedules are available.

The median earnings for restaurant cooks was $20,340 in 2006. The lowest 10 percent of restaurant cooks earned about $14,370 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $28,850.

Employment Outlook

Approximately one-third of restaurant cooks work part-time. Typically, two-thirds of cooks are employed at restaurants and food services settings and about 15% or employed at institutions. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (USDL BLS), employment for restaurant cooks is expected to increase by 11% from 2006 to 2016 which is about the average growth increase for all occupations.

Shown below in descending order, are the employment opportunities for cooks based on government statistics:

  • Restaurants
  • Fast-food restaurants
  • Institutions and cafeterias
  • Short-order cooks
  • Head cooks

A lot of the job growth is expected to be provided by causal dining restaurants. The government projects competition will be high for restaurant cook positions in upscale restaurants due to slower growth in this employment area. Employment opportunities are often available for part-time positions.

Industry experts have stated that restaurant cooks in travel related settings were at the higher end of the pay scale while cooks at limited service restaurants were at the lower end of the pay scale.

Restaurant Cook Training, Certification, and Licensing

The majority of restaurant cook positions require very little or no training or education in the field. Most employers for entry-level restaurant cook positions do not require a high school diploma. However, a high school diploma can be advantageous for those that want to advance in their career. The vast majority of restaurant cooks receive on-the-job training. Vocational schools offer basic programs which typically provide training in cooking techniques, sanitation and safety and food handling guidelines.

Head cooks are typically required to have several years of training and many years of experience. Employers seeking to hire advanced cooks typically require formal training in programs which last from a few months to a couple of years. The shorter programs usually provide training in basic cooking methods including baking, grilling and broiling. They also provide training with food handling and sanitation procedures and nutrition.

Long term programs train students for employment opportunities in upscale restaurants. These programs offer a certificate or a degree. The curriculums provide training in a wide variety of specialities and advanced cooking techniques and various cooking styles.

Students participating in culinary programs are provided with plenty of hands-on learning in kitchens. The programs also offer training in purchasing and inventory methods, nutrition, menu planning and food storage procedures. Some of the culinary programs also offer a thorough review of food service management, inventory software, computer accounting and banquet service.

Partnerships of the U.S. Department of Labor with culinary schools, trade unions and industry associations provide apprenticeship programs. In addition, the American Culinary Federation sponsors apprenticeship programs throughout the nation. Often hotels and restaurant chains as well as food service management companies provide paid internships and summer employment for workers beginning their cooking careers. Sometimes internships provide opportunities for cooks to be accepted into formal chef training programs.

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Major Employers

Restaurant cooks are employed in upscale restaurants, hotel restaurants, casual dining settings, fast-food restaurants and coffee shops. Cooks are also employed in cafeterias and institution such as hospitals, schools and businesses.

Schools for Restaurant Cooks are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Restaurant Cooks

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Restaurant Cooks jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 4680 $20,180
Hoover 4680 $20,180
Foley 1420 $24,830
Fairhope 1420 $24,830
Daphne 1420 $24,830
Huntsville 1260 $20,710
Montgomery 1150 $20,550
Mobile 920 $20,590
Tuscaloosa 890 $19,040
Dothan 710 $17,800
Decatur 550 $18,100
Opelika 540 $18,750
Auburn 540 $18,750
Florence 460 $19,680
Muscle Shoals 460 $19,680
Anniston 420 $18,740
Oxford 420 $18,740
Jacksonville 420 $18,740
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 1320 $28,130
Fairbanks 220 $26,430
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mesa 17320 $22,990
Scottsdale 17320 $22,990
Phoenix 17320 $22,990
Tucson 3890 $22,170
Flagstaff 1100 $23,860
Prescott 740 $23,200
Yuma 510 $20,510
Lake Havasu City 430 $22,160
Kingman 430 $22,160
Sierra Vista 200 $22,300
Douglas 200 $22,300
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 2710 $21,900
North Little Rock 2710 $21,900
Little Rock 2710 $21,900
Hot Springs 570 $18,940
Jonesboro 300 $19,190
Pine Bluff 110 $18,230
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 45310 $23,970
Long Beach 45310 $23,970
Anaheim 45310 $23,970
Oakland 20030 $26,760
San Francisco 20030 $26,760
Hayward 20030 $26,760
Carlsbad 13930 $24,670
San Diego 13930 $24,670
Ontario 10850 $23,530
San Bernardino 10850 $23,530
Riverside 10850 $23,530
Santa Clara 5650 $26,880
Sunnyvale 5650 $26,880
San Jose 5650 $26,880
Arcade 5320 $25,230
Arden 5320 $25,230
Sacramento 5320 $25,230
Roseville 5320 $25,230
Thousand Oaks 2100 $25,680
Oxnard 2100 $25,680
Ventura 2100 $25,680
Fresno 2030 $23,820
Santa Rosa 1970 $28,020
Salinas 1800 $27,990
Santa Maria 1690 $27,150
Santa Barbara 1690 $27,150
Lodi 1610 $21,200
Stockton 1610 $21,200
Bakersfield 1490 $24,960
San Luis Obispo 1300 $28,630
Paso Robles 1300 $28,630
Arroyo Grande 1300 $28,630
Modesto 1010 $23,610
Watsonville 970 $28,630
Santa Cruz 970 $28,630
Napa 850 $26,710
Fairfield 760 $22,680
Vallejo 760 $22,680
Porterville 590 $19,770
Visalia 590 $19,770
Redding 540 $23,550
Chico 530 $22,540
El Centro 380 $23,200
Merced 310 $21,730
Hanford 250 $26,250
Corcoran 250 $26,250
Yuba City 170 $23,040
Madera 130 $23,640
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 14870 $23,190
Lakewood 14870 $23,190
Denver 14870 $23,190
Colorado Springs 2940 $24,560
Fort Collins 2220 $22,700
Boulder 1990 $24,100
Greeley 690 $22,420
Grand Junction 660 $21,900
Pueblo 520 $19,910
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 4250 $24,280
East Hartford 4250 $24,280
West Hartford 4250 $24,280
Bridgeport 3340 $28,510
Norwalk 3340 $28,510
Stamford 3340 $28,510
New Haven 2380 $24,900
Danbury 790 $26,390
Waterbury 250 $26,300
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 590 $21,170
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 25810 $26,310
Fort Lauderdale 25810 $26,310
Miami 25810 $26,310
Orlando 18080 $24,730
Kissimmee 18080 $24,730
Sanford 18080 $24,730
Tampa 12560 $23,430
Clearwater 12560 $23,430
St. Petersburg 12560 $23,430
Jacksonville 6810 $23,180
Bradenton 4350 $23,610
Sarasota 4350 $23,610
North Port 4350 $23,610
Fort Myers 3750 $25,040
Cape Coral 3750 $25,040
Marco Island 2600 $26,450
Naples 2600 $26,450
Immokalee 2600 $26,450
Ormond Beach 2420 $22,900
Deltona 2420 $22,900
Daytona Beach 2420 $22,900
Palm Bay 2360 $22,660
Melbourne 2360 $22,660
Titusville 2360 $22,660
Pensacola 2060 $22,710
Ferry Pass 2060 $22,710
Brent 2060 $22,710
Crestview 1980 $24,830
Destin 1980 $24,830
Fort Walton Beach 1980 $24,830
Port St. Lucie 1610 $25,070
Tallahassee 1600 $22,990
Winter Haven 1590 $20,780
Lakeland 1590 $20,780
Panama City 1260 $22,570
Gainesville 1070 $20,820
Ocala 1030 $22,500
Punta Gorda 800 $21,710
Vero Beach 620 $26,170
Sebastian 620 $26,170
The Villages 390 $25,060
Sebring 320 $24,380
Homosassa Springs 300 $20,830
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 18810 $22,900
Atlanta 18810 $22,900
Sandy Springs 18810 $22,900
Savannah 2190 $20,350
Clarke County 860 $18,810
Athens 860 $18,810
Macon 670 $21,130
Brunswick 570 $21,830
Warner Robins 460 $19,450
Gainesville 430 $22,380
Valdosta 400 $19,680
Rome 290 $18,970
Dalton 210 $19,950
Hinesville N/A $18,400
Albany N/A $19,510
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 4980 $24,120
Lahaina 1650 $36,000
Wailuku 1650 $36,000
Kahului 1650 $36,000
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 2460 $21,010
Coeur d'Alene 660 $22,510
Idaho Falls 440 $21,170
Pocatello 300 $20,480
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 1550 $22,620
Rockford 970 $22,080
Bloomington 910 $19,930
Springfield 840 $21,150
Urbana 740 $23,200
Champaign 740 $23,200
Decatur 310 $19,340
Carbondale 230 $21,420
Marion 230 $21,420
Kankakee 200 $23,300
Danville N/A $19,750
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 8130 $22,790
Carmel 8130 $22,790
Indianapolis 8130 $22,790
Fort Wayne 2160 $19,200
Bloomington 770 $19,730
Elkhart 620 $20,140
Goshen 620 $20,140
Lafayette 590 $21,590
West Lafayette 590 $21,590
Terre Haute 550 $19,470
La Porte 430 $21,110
Michigan City 430 $21,110
Columbus 430 $21,230
Muncie 400 $21,050
Kokomo 290 $20,650
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 2940 $21,730
Des Moines 2940 $21,730
Iowa City 990 $19,640
Cedar Rapids 790 $20,740
Cedar Falls 540 $21,640
Waterloo 540 $21,640
Dubuque 500 $19,640
Ames 220 $20,010
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 2610 $19,770
Topeka 630 $19,250
Lawrence 630 $20,200
Manhattan 290 $20,940
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lexington 2240 $21,110
Fayette 2240 $21,110
Bowling Green 710 $19,920
Fort Knox 420 $19,220
Elizabethtown 420 $19,220
Owensboro 400 $20,890
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 5680 $21,260
New Orleans 5680 $21,260
Baton Rouge 3120 $22,910
Bossier City 1580 $20,810
Shreveport 1580 $20,810
Lafayette 1330 $20,610
Lake Charles 730 $20,760
Houma 490 $18,690
Thibodaux 490 $18,690
Monroe 460 $19,670
Alexandria 440 $19,550
Hammond 340 $19,030
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 2280 $24,910
Portland 2280 $24,910
Bangor 500 $24,060
Auburn 200 $23,910
Lewiston 200 $23,910
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 8730 $25,680
Towson 8730 $25,680
Columbia 8730 $25,680
Lexington Park 320 $23,980
California 320 $23,980
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 1200 $27,140
New Bedford 540 $25,110
Pittsfield 410 $25,940
Gardner 290 $24,910
Leominster 290 $24,910
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 14990 $22,810
Detroit 14990 $22,810
Dearborn 14990 $22,810
Grand Rapids 5240 $20,290
Wyoming 5240 $20,290
Kalamazoo 1550 $19,280
Portage 1550 $19,280
East Lansing 1490 $21,040
Lansing 1490 $21,040
Ann Arbor 1470 $25,180
Flint 1350 $20,620
Niles 740 $22,180
Benton Harbor 740 $22,180
Saginaw 660 $19,770
Jackson 500 $18,830
Muskegon 470 $21,290
Monroe 410 $20,140
Bay City 310 $19,330
Midland 200 $22,510
Battle Creek N/A $18,740
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 1050 $22,150
St. Cloud 970 $22,630
North Mankato 460 $21,940
Mankato 460 $21,940
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 1840 $19,600
Gulfport 1780 $23,290
Pascagoula 1780 $23,290
Biloxi 1780 $23,290
Hattiesburg 680 $20,110
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 1860 $19,640
Columbia 1050 $19,620
Joplin 530 $19,350
Jefferson City 490 $20,550
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 760 $20,210
Missoula 570 $19,530
Great Falls 320 $20,310
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 880 $22,160
Grand Island N/A $21,880
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 15490 $30,320
Henderson 15490 $30,320
Las Vegas 15490 $30,320
Reno 2550 $25,190
Carson City 200 $23,940
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 670 $27,590
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Atlantic City 1710 $29,250
Hammonton 1710 $29,250
Trenton 1000 $24,510
Ocean City 830 $28,550
Bridgeton 170 $25,140
Vineland 170 $25,140
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 2800 $21,970
Santa Fe 850 $25,790
Las Cruces 650 $19,970
Farmington 160 $22,060
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 3480 $25,870
Buffalo 3480 $25,870
Cheektowaga 3480 $25,870
Rochester 2970 $23,110
Albany 2860 $24,800
Schenectady 2860 $24,800
Troy 2860 $24,800
Syracuse 2130 $23,370
Utica 780 $23,830
Rome 780 $23,830
Binghamton 500 $21,970
Kingston 460 $26,520
Ithaca 370 $25,200
Fort Drum 360 $22,500
Watertown 360 $22,500
Elmira 330 $23,130
Glens Falls 310 $24,500
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 4640 $22,090
Greensboro 2690 $20,880
High Point 2690 $20,880
Chapel Hill 2350 $21,640
Durham 2350 $21,640
Asheville 2220 $22,540
Winston 2100 $19,150
Salem 2100 $19,150
Wilmington 1890 $20,670
Fayetteville 1090 $19,750
Hickory 900 $18,800
Morganton 900 $18,800
Lenoir 900 $18,800
Greenville 810 $18,760
Jacksonville 610 $18,400
Burlington 410 $20,390
Rocky Mount 400 $18,880
New Bern 390 $21,250
Goldsboro 250 $18,510
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 320 $26,760
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 8740 $21,190
Cleveland 8740 $21,190
Columbus 7300 $23,490
Dayton 2660 $21,550
Akron 2380 $20,040
Toledo 2060 $20,800
Canton 1200 $20,260
Massillon 1200 $20,260
Mansfield 360 $19,970
Springfield 310 $19,290
Lima 170 $20,760
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 4710 $22,800
Tulsa 3300 $21,820
Lawton 650 $18,720
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 1540 $23,870
Bend 1420 $24,500
Redmond 1420 $24,500
Salem 1350 $23,540
Medford 870 $23,530
Corvallis 400 $20,340
Albany 320 $22,450
Grants Pass 170 $25,170
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 11350 $21,740
Harrisburg 2380 $22,420
Carlisle 2380 $22,420
Barre 2280 $22,740
Wilkes 2280 $22,740
Scranton 2280 $22,740
Hazleton 2280 $22,740
Lancaster 1860 $22,650
Erie 1290 $19,900
Reading 1230 $22,830
York 1150 $22,790
Hanover 1150 $22,790
East Stroudsburg 850 $22,010
State College 650 $23,080
Altoona 610 $20,580
Williamsport 460 $22,350
Gettysburg 360 $19,950
Johnstown 350 $18,700
Lebanon 350 $21,070
Chambersburg 320 $19,420
Waynesboro 320 $19,420
Bloomsburg 300 $25,900
Berwick 300 $25,900
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carolina 4960 $18,310
Caguas 4960 $18,310
San Juan 4960 $18,310
Ponce 410 $17,600
Isabela 150 $17,350
Aguadilla 150 $17,350
Arecibo 150 $17,690
Mayag�ez 140 $17,670
Guayama 50 $17,580
San Germ�n N/A $17,530
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mauldin 4320 $18,810
Anderson 4320 $18,810
Greenville 4320 $18,810
Charleston 3810 $22,820
North Charleston 3810 $22,820
Columbia 2310 $19,210
Bluffton 1420 $22,600
Beaufort 1420 $22,600
Hilton Head Island 1420 $22,600
Spartanburg 1120 $19,470
Florence 830 $18,280
Sumter 320 $17,820
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 580 $23,220
Rapid City 370 $23,200
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 7170 $22,490
Davidson 7170 $22,490
Murfreesboro 7170 $22,490
Nashville 7170 $22,490
Knoxville 2620 $21,700
Johnson City 730 $22,280
Jackson 610 $23,480
Cleveland 250 $22,710
Morristown 190 $18,700
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 26630 $23,400
Dallas 26630 $23,400
Fort Worth 26630 $23,400
The Woodlands 20980 $21,950
Sugar Land 20980 $21,950
Houston 20980 $21,950
San Antonio 9200 $21,840
New Braunfels 9200 $21,840
Round Rock 9060 $22,660
Austin 9060 $22,660
El Paso 2880 $18,940
Mission 2190 $19,580
Edinburg 2190 $19,580
McAllen 2190 $19,580
Corpus Christi 1840 $22,530
Lubbock 1520 $19,970
Harlingen 1350 $18,530
Brownsville 1350 $18,530
Beaumont 1030 $20,640
Port Arthur 1030 $20,640
College Station 900 $20,620
Bryan 900 $20,620
Midland 900 $26,120
Killeen 790 $19,860
Temple 790 $19,860
Amarillo 770 $20,110
Laredo 750 $18,690
Tyler 740 $21,720
Longview 720 $20,480
Waco 560 $19,960
Abilene 510 $21,650
Odessa 480 $25,140
San Angelo 410 $22,090
Wichita Falls 350 $21,080
Sherman 290 $22,820
Denison 290 $22,820
Victoria 230 $25,660
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 3780 $24,710
Clearfield 1190 $22,860
Ogden 1190 $22,860
Provo 610 $24,630
Orem 610 $24,630
St. George 530 $23,190
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 820 $25,930
Burlington 820 $25,930
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 4270 $22,030
Roanoke 1220 $20,450
Charlottesville 900 $23,470
Lynchburg 580 $20,940
Radford 400 $21,820
Christiansburg 400 $21,820
Blacksburg 400 $21,820
Harrisonburg 300 $23,430
Waynesboro 240 $23,650
Staunton 240 $23,650
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tacoma 14640 $27,670
Seattle 14640 $27,670
Bellevue 14640 $27,670
Spokane 1410 $25,400
Spokane Valley 1410 $25,400
Bremerton 1100 $27,800
Silverdale 1100 $27,800
Tumwater 940 $24,650
Olympia 940 $24,650
Kennewick 660 $25,140
Richland 660 $25,140
Yakima 570 $23,170
Bellingham 570 $26,810
Wenatchee 560 $24,350
Mount Vernon 410 $25,880
Anacortes 410 $25,880
Longview 220 $22,640
Walla Walla 150 $27,520
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 800 $20,130
Morgantown 760 $20,570
Beckley 340 $20,130
Parkersburg 280 $20,300
Vienna 280 $20,300
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Milwaukee 5170 $23,420
Waukesha 5170 $23,420
West Allis 5170 $23,420
Madison 2940 $22,780
Green Bay 1030 $21,350
Appleton 840 $21,130
Racine 620 $22,690
Eau Claire 520 $21,790
Neenah 480 $23,420
Oshkosh 480 $23,420
Janesville 450 $19,170
Beloit 450 $19,170
Sheboygan 430 $21,920
Wausau 410 $21,900
Fond du Lac 310 $24,480
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Casper 380 $23,840
Cheyenne 340 $23,640

Most Popular Industries for :
Restaurant Cooks

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Restaurant 788,800 87% $21,620
Hotel And Accomodation 60,500 6% $25,530
Amusement Gambling And Recreation 25,190 2% $24,680
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