TENNESSEE OCCUPATIONAL WAGES
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Food Preparation and Serving-Related Occupations

Occupation Occ. code Est. empl. Mean wage Entry wage Exp. wage 25th pct Median wage 75th pct
FOOD PREPARATION AND SERVING-RELATED OCCUPATIONS 35-0000 19,840 19,430 16,710 20,790 16,760 18,230 20,490
    9.35 8.05 10.00 8.05 8.75 9.85
Chefs and Head Cooks 35-1011 N/A 31,710 22,990 36,070 24,160 27,320 30,450
    15.25 11.05 17.35 11.60 13.15 14.65
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 35-1012 1,770 27,760 18,690 32,300 20,320 25,330 33,740
    13.35 9.00 15.55 9.75 12.20 16.20
Cooks, Fast Food 35-2011 790 18,200 16,740 18,930 16,720 18,090 19,480
    8.75 8.05 9.10 8.05 8.70 9.35
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 35-2012 520 20,960 16,670 23,100 17,300 19,340 25,380
    10.10 8.00 11.10 8.30 9.30 12.20
Cooks, Restaurant 35-2014 1,910 21,820 16,780 24,350 18,460 21,640 25,090
    10.50 8.05 11.70 8.90 10.40 12.05
Cooks, Short Order 35-2015 N/A 17,500 16,510 18,000 16,300 17,510 18,710
    8.40 7.95 8.65 7.85 8.40 9.00
Cooks, All Other 35-2019 90 24,360 17,180 27,950 18,840 22,200 27,390
    11.70 8.25 13.45 9.05 10.65 13.15
Food Preparation Workers 35-2021 1,450 20,000 16,720 21,640 17,260 19,190 22,600
    9.60 8.05 10.40 8.30 9.25 10.85
Bartenders 35-3011 620 19,770 16,820 21,240 17,000 18,610 21,700
    9.50 8.10 10.20 8.15 8.95 10.45
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 35-3021 4,690 17,060 16,690 17,240 16,410 17,520 18,640
    8.20 8.05 8.30 7.90 8.40 8.95
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 35-3022 370 18,800 16,870 19,770 16,800 18,170 19,590
    9.05 8.10 9.50 8.10 8.75 9.40
Waiters and Waitresses 35-3031 5,020 17,850 16,720 18,420 16,480 17,650 18,820
    8.60 8.05 8.85 7.90 8.50 9.05
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 35-3041 420 18,170 16,780 18,870 16,730 18,070 19,420
    8.75 8.05 9.05 8.05 8.70 9.35
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 35-9011 340 17,930 16,660 18,560 16,450 17,650 18,850
    8.60 8.00 8.90 7.90 8.50 9.05
Dishwashers 35-9021 720 17,870 16,750 18,430 16,680 18,030 19,380
    8.60 8.05 8.85 8.00 8.65 9.30
Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 35-9031 540 17,550 16,620 18,020 16,460 17,720 18,970
    8.45 8.00 8.65 7.90 8.50 9.10
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Entry and Experienced wages represent the mean of the lower third and the mean of the upper two-thirds of the wage distribution respectively. The OES survey does not collect information for entry or experienced workers. Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, Employment Security Division, Labor Market Information. Publish date June 2013.