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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 2,410126$13.79/hr$10.60/hr$11.60/hr$13.41/hr$15.32/hr$18.04/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/A$14.42/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services20$14.54/hr
Leisure and Hospitality28,420$14.75/hr
Other Services380$13.40/hr
Public Administration50$16.02/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 360$13.77/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 500$13.71/hr4.3%
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 610$12.57/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 660$14.13/hr3.3%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 780$12.52/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 790$13.82/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 890$13.31/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 1,010$11.91/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 1,080$14.36/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 1,220$13.82/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 1,550$12.99/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 1,660$13.90/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 1,770$12.51/hr-0.4%
Northeast Minnesota 2,190$13.97/hr4.5%
Southeast Minnesota 2,410$13.41/hr2.7%
Northwest Balance of State 2,430$14.22/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 17,730$15.42/hr9.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 19,360$15.31/hrN/A
Minnesota 29,240$14.73/hr7.2%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Cooks, Short Order 960$13.75/hr-4.4%
Bakers 3,140$14.64/hr4.6%
Butchers and Meat Cutters 2,440$16.75/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.