Chefs & head cooks

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2019 Workforce
506k
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Average Age
40
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Average Salary
$36,165
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Average Male Salary
$38,465
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Average Female Salary
$28,270
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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 Water transportation. Chefs & head cooks are paid most in Huntington Beach City PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Sunset Park & Windsor Terrace PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$36,165
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,025

In 2019, Chefs & head cooks earned an average of $36,165, $19,359 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic make somewhat more than Chefs & head cooks while Cabinetmakers & bench carpenters 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

0.34
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Chefs & head cooks had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.34, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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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Industries by Share

506k
2019 Workforce
± 17,438
10.3%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 4.53%

The number of people employed as Chefs & head cooks has been growing at a rate of 10.3%, from 458,983 people in 2018 to 506,184 people in 2019.

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  70.5%, followed by Traveler accommodation with 6.56% and Amusement & Recreation with 4.54%.

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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 40.1 and of female Chefs & head cooks is 39.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Chefs & head cooks is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

392k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 15,351
114k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 8,294

77.4% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

43.7% of Chefs & head cooks are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 16.5% of Chefs & head cooks, Asian (Non-Hispanic) 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

40.1
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.478
39.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.985

The median age of Chefs & head cooks is 40, and Male employees are generally 0.439 years older 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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