Occupational Employment Statistics


35-2012 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria

Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 1,490141$15.03/hr$11.05/hr$12.40/hr$14.75/hr$17.64/hr$19.54/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities80$13.94/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business ServicesN/A$17.47/hr
Education and Health Services5,860$15.84/hr
Leisure and Hospitality1,210$16.43/hr
Other Services50$13.09/hr
Public Administration280$19.37/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Balance of State 130$16.50/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 140$16.05/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 190$14.86/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 220$14.56/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 240$15.63/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 400$14.80/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 460$15.73/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 490$15.40/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 520$12.98/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 550$15.19/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 600$15.71/hr-1.6%
Southwest Minnesota 730$13.90/hr-8.6%
Southeast Minnesota 780$15.24/hr4.4%
Central Minnesota 880$16.18/hr2.6%
Northwest Balance of State 1,020$14.72/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 1,490$14.75/hr0.7%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 3,630$17.14/hr11.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 4,260$17.03/hrN/A
Minnesota 7,630$15.99/hr5.2%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Dietetic Technicians 170$17.34/hr16.3%
Butchers and Meat Cutters 2,050$17.65/hr6.8%
Cooks, Restaurant 28,480$14.29/hr7.2%

  • Compile and maintain records of food use and expenditures.
  • Cook foodstuffs according to menus, special dietary or nutritional restrictions, or numbers of portions to be served.
  • Clean, cut, and cook meat, fish, or poultry.
  • Wash pots, pans, dishes, utensils, or other cooking equipment.
  • Apportion and serve food to facility residents, employees, or patrons.
  • Direct activities of one or more workers who assist in preparing and serving meals.
  • Clean and inspect galley equipment, kitchen appliances, and work areas to ensure cleanliness and functional operation.
  • Bake breads, rolls, or other pastries.
  • Apportion and serve food to facility residents, employees, or patrons.
  • Wash pots, pans, dishes, utensils, or other cooking equipment.