Cooks

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Total Workforce

2.32M

Average Age

35.4

Estimated Job Growth

6.14%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$18,246

Average Male Salary

$19,241

Average Female Salary

$16,752

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Cooks and on wages and locations for those in the field. Restaurants & Food Services is the industry that employs the most Cooks, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Cooks, by average wage, is Not specified retail trade. Cooks are paid most in Oakland (East) & Piedmont Cities PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Las Vegas City (South Central) PUMA, NV.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$18,246

AVERAGE SALARY

± $285

In 2017, Cooks earned an average of $18,246, $33,819 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Library assistants, clerical make somewhat more than Cooks while Crossing guards make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Cooks as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.371

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Cooks had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.371, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for 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 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 Cooks.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Cooks, by number of employees, are Restaurants & Food Services, Elementary & secondary schools, and Grocery Stores.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Cooks, by average wage, are Not specified retail trade, Beverage manufacturing, and Seafood & other miscellaneous foods, n.e.c. .

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Industries by Share

2.32M

2017 Workforce

± 37,136

-1.31%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 2.28%

The number of people employed as Cooks has been declining at a rate of -1.31%, from 2,355,360 people in 2016 to 2,324,550 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Cooks employed by various industries. Restaurants & Food Services employs the largest share of Cooks at  73.3%, followed by Elementary & secondary schools with 5.98% and Grocery Stores with 2.54%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Cooks in the US. The average age of male Cooks in the workforce is 32.2 and of female Cooks is 40.2, and the most common race/ethnicity for Cooks is White.

Gender Composition

1.4M

MALE WORKFORCE

± 28,862

929k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 23,595

60% of Cooks are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Cooks.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Cooks

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Other

61.6% of Cooks are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 16.7% of Cooks, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Cooks.

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Age by Gender

32.2

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.271

40.2

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.383

The median age of Cooks is 35.4, and Male employees are generally 7.9 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

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

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Cooks from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Cooks need many skills, but most especially Service Orientation. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Cooks need more than the average amount of Management of Material Resources, Management of Financial Resources, and Service Orientation.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Cooks from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Cooks are expected to see a growth of 6.14% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

6.14%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

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

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