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 1,380119$14.95/hr$11.00/hr$12.43/hr$14.57/hr$17.65/hr$19.72/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/A$14.33/hr
Financial Activities30$15.71/hr
Professional and Business Services100$17.69/hr
Education and Health Services5,850$16.51/hr
Leisure and Hospitality1,320$16.68/hr
Other Services40$14.14/hr
Public Administration250$19.51/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 130$16.26/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 150$16.57/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 190$15.34/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 220$14.57/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 290$15.89/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 390$15.40/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 470$15.50/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 470$15.85/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 510$15.29/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 530$14.32/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 560$15.87/hr-1.6%
Southeast Minnesota 730$15.68/hr4.4%
Southwest Minnesota 750$14.67/hr-8.6%
Central Minnesota 850$16.54/hr2.6%
Northwest Balance of State 990$14.47/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 1,380$14.57/hr0.7%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 3,670$17.64/hr11.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 4,340$17.50/hrN/A
Minnesota 7,650$16.59/hr5.2%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Dietetic Technicians 210$17.88/hr16.3%
Butchers and Meat Cutters 2,440$16.75/hr6.8%
Cooks, Restaurant 29,240$14.73/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.