• Restaurant Cooks
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 25,700
    $17,910 range bar $37,420
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Fast Growing
  • Restaurant cooks prepare a wide selection of dishes and cook most orders individually. Some restaurant cooks may order supplies, set menu prices, and plan the daily menu.

What do they typically do

  • Garnish, arrange, and serve food
  • Check freshness of food and ingredients before cooking
  • Direct activities of one or more workers who help prepare and serve meals
  • Boil and steam meats, fish, vegetables, and other foods
  • Cook, hold, and store food or food ingredients
  • Bake, roast, grill, broil, or fry meats, fish, vegetables, and other foods
  • Clean work areas, equipment, utensils, dishes, and silverware
  • Weigh, measure, and mix ingredients according to recipes

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +2.0%
Job Opening 8,459

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Education & Training

  • Education

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
    Associated Programs or Majors
    • NA

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