Highest Paying Industries for Cooks and Food Preparation Workers

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Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Federal Executive Branch19.8341240
Federal government, including the US Postal Service19.8341240
Rail Transportation19.540560
Support Activities for Water Transportation18.5538590
Support Activities for Transportation18.3338130
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services18.0237480
Rental and Leasing Services17.5536500
Utilities17.1235610
Legal Services16.6734670
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities16.4834280
Elementary and Secondary Schools, State government owned15.9733210
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation15.8432960
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting15.8332930
Water Transportation15.8132880
Inland Water Transportation15.7832830
Specialty hospitals, State government owned15.4232080
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services15.2231650
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals15.1931600
Support Activities for Mining15.1431490
Casino Hotels14.8330840
Transportation and Warehousing14.830790
Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers14.6930550
State government, including schools and hospitals14.2529650
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing14.2329610
Finance and Insurance14.1929520
Hospitals, State government owned14.1329380
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, State government owned14.1229360
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned14.1129350
Chemical Manufacturing14.0629250
Insurance Carriers14.0629250
Scientific Research and Development Services14.0229160
Construction of Buildings13.9328980
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, State government owned13.8528800
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences13.7428590
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing13.7428570
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers13.7328560
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)13.6828450
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers13.6628410
Publishing Industries (except Internet)13.6528400
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)13.6428370
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities13.6228340
Educational Services, State government owned13.4427960
Mining13.4327930
Specialty hospitals, Privately owned13.3927860
Traveler Accommodation13.3627780
Federal, State, and Local Government13.3327720
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service13.3327720
Accommodation13.2927650
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services13.1827420
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water13.1827410
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services13.1827400
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)13.1427320
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned13.0827200
Hospitals, Privately owned13.0627170
Air Transportation13.0527140
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation13.0527140
Scheduled Air Transportation13.0127050
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers12.9927020
Furniture Stores12.9326900
Specialty Trade Contractors12.9326890
Educational Services, Privately owned12.9226880
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)12.926830
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)12.8326680
Activities Related to Real Estate12.7926610
Construction12.7926600
Dairy Product Manufacturing12.7926600
Offices of Physicians12.7826590
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land12.7826580
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations12.7526510
Computer Systems Design and Related Services12.6426300
Rooming and Boarding Houses12.5926180
Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)12.5626110
Office Administrative Services12.5326070
Religious Organizations12.4925980
Animal Slaughtering and Processing12.4325840
Home Health Care Services12.3725740
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, Privately owned12.3525690
Broadcasting (except Internet)12.3325650
Radio and Television Broadcasting12.3325650
Television Broadcasting12.3325650
Department Stores12.3325640
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities12.2325440
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction12.2125400
Ambulatory Health Care Services12.225380
Technical and trade schools, Privately owned12.1625290
Outpatient Care Centers12.1425250
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores12.1125190
Management of Companies and Enterprises12.1125190
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities12.0725100
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals12.0625080
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Privately owned12.0425040
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers12.0325010
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers12.0124980
Facilities Support Services1224960
Other Support Services11.9724900
Depository Credit Intermediation11.9624870
General Merchandise Stores11.9424840
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services11.9124770
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing11.924750
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing11.924740
Other Schools and Instruction (including private, state, and local government schools)11.8824700
Other General Merchandise Stores11.8624670
Other schools and instruction, Privately owned11.8624660
Real Estate11.8524650
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities11.8124560
Technical and Trade Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)11.824540
Gambling Industries11.7824510
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service11.7324390
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations11.6924320
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)11.6724280
Educational Support Services, Privately owned11.6724270
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)11.6524240
Other Residential Care Facilities11.6624240
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events11.6224180
Special Food Services11.6324180
Oil and Gas Extraction11.6224170
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries11.6224170
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries11.6124140
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation11.624130
Social Advocacy Organizations11.5724060
Other Personal Services11.5624050
Lessors of Real Estate11.5624040
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction11.5524020
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions11.5524020
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly11.5123940
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)11.4823870
Home Furnishings Stores11.4723860
Civic and Social Organizations11.4623850
Hospitals, Local government owned11.4223750
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Local government owned11.423720
Local government, including schools and hospitals11.423700
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities11.3923690
Amusement Parks and Arcades11.3823670
Personal and Laundry Services11.3723650
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing11.3723640
Personal Care Services11.3623630
Beverage Manufacturing11.3623620
Performing Arts Companies11.3523600
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters11.3423590
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)11.3223540
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities11.3123530
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services11.2823450
Administrative and Support Services11.2823450
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)11.2723450
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries11.2723450
Educational Services, Local government owned11.2523390
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Local government owned11.2523390
Vocational Rehabilitation Services11.223290
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores11.1823250
Grantmaking and Giving Services11.1523200
Information11.1123110
Offices of Other Health Practitioners11.0923070
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists11.0923070
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services11.0923060
Junior colleges, State government owned11.0823040
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)11.0322940
Employment Services11.0222930
Spectator Sports1122880
Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)10.9622800
Manufacturing10.9422760
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods10.9422760
Clothing Stores10.9422750
Full-Service Restaurants10.9422750
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers10.9122700
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing10.9122690
Sporting Goods Stores10.9122690
Junior colleges, Local government owned10.9122680
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores10.8922650
Other Food Manufacturing10.8422540
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores10.8322530
Vending Machine Operators10.8222510
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores10.8122480
Food Manufacturing10.822460
Nonstore Retailers10.7722390
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries10.7622370
Motion Picture and Video Industries10.7622370
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers10.7522350
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses10.7522350
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps10.7522350
All industries10.7322310
Individual and Family Services10.7322310
Wholesale Trade10.7122270
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods10.6922240
Grocery Stores10.6922230
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services10.6622170
Social Assistance10.6622170
All industries, private ownership only10.6522150
Food and Beverage Stores10.6422130
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores10.5922020
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)10.5922020
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers10.5822010
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners10.5621960
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers10.5521940
Retail Trade10.5321910
Miscellaneous Store Retailers10.5221890
Accommodation and Food Services10.521840
Child Day Care Services10.4721780
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing10.4721770
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers10.4621760
Land Subdivision10.4621750
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities10.4421700
Pharmacies and Drug Stores10.3921600
Food Services and Drinking Places10.3721580
Direct Selling Establishments10.3721570
Automobile Dealers10.3521530
Health and Personal Care Stores10.3321490
Warehousing and Storage10.2921410
Restaurants and Other Eating Places10.2821390
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging10.2521320
Motion Picture and Video Exhibition10.1921200
Specialty Food Stores10.1921190
Used Merchandise Stores10.0620930
Book Stores and News Dealers9.9220630
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers9.7820350
Repair and Maintenance9.7420270
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores9.6620090
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers9.6320040
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers9.3319410
Gasoline Stations9.2519240
Other Automotive Repair and Maintenance9.2219170
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers9.1719070
Automotive Repair and Maintenance9.1619050
Florists8.6618020
Electronics and Appliance Stores8.2217100

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