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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
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 3,67081$14.67/hr$11.90/hr$12.80/hr$14.49/hr$14.90/hr$18.12/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities340$17.38/hr
Education and Health Services50$21.22/hr
Leisure and Hospitality6,330$13.61/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State 180$13.17/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 250$13.48/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 260$13.37/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 300$13.17/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 340$13.10/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 410$13.48/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 410$14.04/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 480$13.35/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 680$13.37/hr-5.1%
Northwest Balance of State 700$13.17/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 760$13.17/hr-3.9%
Central Minnesota 830$13.61/hr-4.8%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 3,670$14.49/hr-4.7%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 4,200$14.34/hrN/A
Minnesota 6,740$13.61/hr-4.9%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Stockers and Order Fillers 41,700$17.46/hr2.9%
Cashiers 57,760$14.41/hr-9.3%
Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers 1,990$13.84/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.