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Occupational Employment Statistics


35-2011 Cooks, Fast Food

Prepare and cook food in a fast food restaurant with a limited menu. Duties of these cooks are limited to preparation of a few basic items and normally involve operating large-volume single-purpose cooking equipment.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Central Minnesota 58030$15.08/hr$11.82/hr$12.71/hr$15.13/hr$16.18/hr$18.85/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities450$16.09/hr
Education and Health Services50$19.20/hr
Leisure and Hospitality4,080$15.13/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 110$14.21/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 160$15.76/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 180$14.96/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 220$14.88/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 220$14.69/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 300$14.56/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 300$14.57/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 420$14.77/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 480$14.57/hr-3.9%
Southeast Minnesota 480$14.77/hr-5.1%
Central Minnesota 580$15.13/hr-4.8%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,480$16.09/hr-4.7%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 2,910$16.09/hrN/A
Minnesota 4,580$15.23/hr-4.9%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Stockers and Order Fillers 36,800$15.96/hr2.9%
Cashiers 61,520$14.70/hr-9.3%
Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers 1,130$13.11/hr57.5%

  • Operate large-volume cooking equipment, such as grills, deep-fat fryers, or griddles.
  • Cook the exact number of items ordered by each customer, working on several different orders simultaneously.
  • Maintain sanitation, health, and safety standards in work areas.
  • Serve orders to customers at windows, counters, or tables.
  • Prepare and serve beverages, such as coffee or fountain drinks.
  • Take food and drink orders and receive payment from customers.
  • Cook and package batches of food, such as hamburgers or fried chicken, which are prepared to order or kept warm until sold.
  • Prepare specialty foods, such as pizzas, fish and chips, sandwiches, or tacos, following specific methods that usually require short preparation time.
  • Read food order slips or receive verbal instructions as to food required by patron, and prepare and cook food according to instructions.
  • Clean food preparation areas, cooking surfaces, and utensils.