Occupational Employment Statistics


35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant

Prepare, season, and cook dishes such as soups, meats, vegetables, or desserts in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 610103$13.63/hr$10.18/hr$11.25/hr$13.34/hr$15.55/hr$18.07/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities300$14.66/hr
Professional and Business Services10$14.14/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Leisure and Hospitality27,380$14.33/hr
Other Services600$12.65/hr
Public Administration40$14.60/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 300$13.06/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 520$12.24/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 520$13.32/hr4.3%
Northwest Minnesota 610$13.34/hr3.3%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 690$11.85/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 720$13.16/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 800$12.87/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 1,100$11.50/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 1,100$14.62/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 1,190$13.62/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 1,470$12.54/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 1,790$13.12/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 1,810$11.93/hr-0.4%
Southeast Minnesota 2,160$13.19/hr2.7%
Northeast Minnesota 2,240$13.18/hr4.5%
Northwest Balance of State 2,530$13.31/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 17,000$14.90/hr9.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 18,740$14.85/hrN/A
Minnesota 28,480$14.29/hr7.2%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Cooks, Short Order 720$13.79/hr-4.4%
Bakers 2,510$14.44/hr4.6%
Butchers and Meat Cutters 2,050$17.65/hr6.8%

  • Consult with supervisory staff to plan menus, taking into consideration factors such as costs and special event needs.
  • Wash, peel, cut, and seed fruits and vegetables to prepare them for consumption.
  • Coordinate and supervise work of kitchen staff.
  • Ensure freshness of food and ingredients by checking for quality, keeping track of old and new items, and rotating stock.
  • Carve and trim meats such as beef, veal, ham, pork, and lamb for hot or cold service, or for sandwiches.
  • Bake breads, rolls, cakes, and pastries.
  • Season and cook food according to recipes or personal judgment and experience.
  • Turn or stir foods to ensure even cooking.
  • Portion, arrange, and garnish food, and serve food to waiters or patrons.
  • Bake, roast, broil, and steam meats, fish, vegetables, and other foods.