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Occupational Employment Statistics


35-1011 Chefs and Head Cooks

Direct and may participate in the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southwest Minnesota 10012$25.70/hr$16.94/hr$18.09/hr$23.34/hr$29.34/hr$40.59/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities140$27.25/hr
Education and Health Services80$25.37/hr
Leisure and Hospitality1,900$24.07/hr
Other Services20$21.50/hr
Public Administration50$40.59/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Fargo ND-MN MSA 30$25.10/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 30$24.79/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 30$24.64/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 30$23.76/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 40$23.66/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 40$17.49/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 50$29.34/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 100$23.34/hr9.3%
Rochester MN MSA 100$25.59/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 110$22.94/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 120$24.65/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 120$22.73/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 160$23.12/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 180$24.26/hr20.5%
Northwest Minnesota 180$23.12/hr15.8%
Southeast Minnesota 200$24.65/hr19.1%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,400$25.49/hr21.7%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,530$25.49/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,200$24.72/hr20.7%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Food Service Managers 1,670$30.86/hr15.4%
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 17,060$19.29/hr17.8%
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 7,860$18.99/hr7.5%

  • Order or requisition food or other supplies needed to ensure efficient operation.
  • Inspect supplies, equipment, or work areas to ensure conformance to established standards.
  • Check the quantity and quality of received products.
  • Check the quality of raw or cooked food products to ensure that standards are met.
  • Determine how food should be presented and create decorative food displays.
  • Estimate amounts and costs of required supplies, such as food and ingredients.
  • Plan, direct, or supervise food preparation or cooking activities of multiple kitchens or restaurants in an establishment such as a restaurant chain, hospital, or hotel.
  • Record production or operational data on specified forms.
  • Meet with sales representatives to negotiate prices or order supplies.
  • Monitor sanitation practices to ensure that employees follow standards and regulations.