Chefs & head cooks

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Total Workforce

435k

Average Age

39.5

Estimated Job Growth

9.62%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$34,559

Average Male Salary

$36,523

Average Female Salary

$27,536

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Chefs & head cooks and on wages and locations for those in the field. Restaurants & Food Services is the industry that employs the most Chefs & head cooks, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Chefs & head cooks, by average wage, is Travel arrangements & reservation services. Chefs & head cooks are paid most in Kalamazoo & Portage Cities Area PUMA, MI but are relatively concentrated in Sunset Park & Windsor Terrace PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$34,559

AVERAGE SALARY

± $975

In 2017, Chefs & head cooks earned an average of $34,559, $17,506 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Athletes, coaches, umpires, & related workers make somewhat more than Chefs & head cooks while Proofreaders & copy markers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Chefs & head cooks as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.341

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Chefs & head cooks had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.341, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Chefs & head cooks (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Chefs & head cooks.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Chefs & head cooks.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Chefs & head cooks, by number of employees, are Restaurants & Food Services, Traveler accommodation, and Amusement & Recreation.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Chefs & head cooks, by average wage, are Travel arrangements & reservation services, Private households, and Specialty food stores.

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Industries by Share

435k

2017 Workforce

± 16,165

-1.36%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 5.31%

The number of people employed as Chefs & head cooks has been declining at a rate of -1.36%, from 440,804 people in 2016 to 434,817 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Chefs & head cooks employed by various industries. Restaurants & Food Services employs the largest share of Chefs & head cooks at  71.9%, followed by Traveler accommodation with 5.88% and Amusement & Recreation with 4.83%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Chefs & head cooks in the US. The average age of male Chefs & head cooks in the workforce is 39.4 and of female Chefs & head cooks is 39.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Chefs & head cooks is White.

Gender Composition

340k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 14,295

95k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 7,565

78.1% of Chefs & head cooks are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Chefs & head cooks.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Chefs & head cooks

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. Black

58.3% of Chefs & head cooks are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 17.7% of Chefs & head cooks, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Chefs & head cooks.

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Age by Gender

39.4

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.488

39.9

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.04

The median age of Chefs & head cooks is 39.5, and Male employees are generally 0.557 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Chefs & head cooks from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Chefs & head cooks is Business but a relatively high number of Chefs & head cooks hold a major in Personal & Culinary Services.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Chefs & head cooks from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Chefs & head cooks need many skills, but most especially Monitoring, Coordination, and Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Chefs & head cooks need more than the average amount of Management of Financial Resources, Management of Material Resources, and Management of Personnel Resources.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Chefs & head cooks from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Chefs & head cooks are expected to see a growth of 9.62% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

9.62%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Chefs & head cooks. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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