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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
Southwest Minnesota 1,41066$17.05/hr$13.50/hr$14.76/hr$17.19/hr$18.70/hr$21.33/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities370$17.85/hr
Professional and Business Services60$17.78/hr
Leisure and Hospitality24,720$18.25/hr
Other Services380$15.16/hr
Public Administration40$21.01/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 520$16.23/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 520$17.72/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 610$17.11/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 720$16.90/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 790$17.49/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 990$16.68/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 1,020$17.90/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 1,260$16.66/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 1,290$17.08/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 1,410$17.19/hr51.0%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 1,440$17.16/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 1,670$17.18/hr43.2%
Southeast Minnesota 2,070$17.65/hr45.9%
Northwest Balance of State 2,290$16.98/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 2,560$16.98/hr46.5%
Central Minnesota 2,730$17.86/hr46.6%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 15,130$18.68/hr44.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 17,130$18.60/hrN/A
Minnesota 25,720$18.19/hr45.9%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 7,860$18.99/hr7.5%
Cooks, Short Order 1,130$18.35/hr12.1%
Bakers 3,140$17.78/hr5.5%

  • 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.