There are currently an estimated 1,231,900 restaurant cooks in the United States. The restaurant cook job market is expected to grow by 11.8% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are restaurant cooks?

CareerExplorer rates restaurant cooks with an A employability rating, meaning this career should provide great employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 153,300 restaurant cooks. That number is based on 145,300 additional restaurant cooks, and the retirement of 8,000 existing restaurant cooks.

What’s the supply of restaurant cooks?

The restaurant cook industry is concentrated in California, Texas, Florida

Restaurant Cook job market by state

State Name Employed Restaurant Cooks
California 145,650
Texas 106,830
Florida 105,470
New York 68,720
Pennsylvania 54,080
Illinois 48,180
North Carolina 44,850
Michigan 37,090
Georgia 36,860
Ohio 36,190
Colorado 31,790
Virginia 31,670
Washington 30,090
Massachusetts 28,630
Minnesota 28,240
Indiana 26,050
Missouri 25,860
Arizona 25,240
Wisconsin 23,290
South Carolina 23,180
Tennessee 22,640
Nevada 22,530
Oregon 22,070
New Jersey 21,100
Kentucky 19,050
Maryland 17,980
Louisiana 16,220
Alabama 15,420
Oklahoma 15,320
Connecticut 13,850
Iowa 11,210
Kansas 10,460
Arkansas 10,260
Mississippi 10,250
Hawaii 9,150
Utah 8,920
New Mexico 8,120
Puerto Rico 6,670
Idaho 6,600
West Virginia 6,390
New Hampshire 6,230
Nebraska 6,180
District of Columbia 6,040
Montana 5,740
Maine 5,320
Rhode Island 5,290
Delaware 4,140
Wyoming 2,910
North Dakota 2,700
Vermont 2,550
South Dakota 2,000
Alaska 1,870
Guam 870
Virgin Islands 710