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
Southeast Minnesota 460139$12.48/hr$10.55/hr$10.90/hr$11.92/hr$13.42/hr$15.66/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/A$14.34/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Leisure and Hospitality3,750$12.41/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota N/A$11.60/hr-15.3%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/A$11.47/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/A$11.08/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 90$13.16/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 170$11.73/hr-12.5%
St Cloud MN MSA 270$12.91/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 460$11.92/hr-12.5%
Southeast Balance of State 580$11.81/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,100$12.89/hrN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 2,490$12.65/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,870$12.46/hr-7.9%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Food Preparation Workers 8,950$13.84/hr3.9%
Waiters and Waitresses 47,340$11.77/hr2.5%
Cashiers 69,350$12.14/hr-0.4%

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