Chefs and Head Cooks


Direct the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts. May participate in cooking.


Top Industries of Employment

  1. Eating And Drinking Places
  2. Hotels And Motels
  3. Misc. Amusement, Recreation Services

2002 - 2003 Wages
by MSA and Workforce Investment Areas

Area Employment**
Total
Hourly Wage Annual
Mean Entry Experienced Mean Entry Experienced
Missouri 3,710 11.98 6.36 14.78 24,910 13,230 30,750
Joplin MSA 120 10.59 8.40 11.68 22,020 17,470 24,300
Columbia MSA 100 13.42 8.50 15.88 27,920 17,680 33,030
St Joseph MSA 30 11.99 9.45 13.26 24,950 19,660 27,590
Springfield MSA 160 13.76 8.62 16.33 28,620 17,930 33,960
St Louis MSA 1,650 11.95 6.34 14.76 24,860 13,180 30,700
Kansas City* 700 14.72 9.77 17.20 30,624 20,328 35,772
Central Region* 320 12.24 6.87 14.93 25,463 14,290 31,050
Northwest Region* 70 10.84 9.02 11.75 22,542 18,751 24,437
Ozark Region* 220 13.75 7.87 16.68 28,591 16,375 34,699
Southeast Region* 130 16.70 7.60 21.25 34,737 15,813 44,199
Southwest Region* 120 10.59 8.40 11.68 22,024 17,472 24,300
St. Louis City* 580 11.22 5.99 13.84 23,344 12,462 28,785
St. Louis County* 430 14.64 6.78 18.57 30,445 14,100 38,617

Long-term Employment Projections

Area Employment ** Change 2000-2010 Annual
Avg Openings
Long-term
Outlook
2000 Estimated 2010 Projected Number Percent
Missouri 4,430 4,800 370 8.35 174 Outstanding
Kansas City MSA 930 980 50 5.38 34 Great
St Louis MSA 2,010 2,290 280 13.93 90 Outstanding
Central Region* 400 480 80 20.00 21 Great
Northwest Region* 150 170 20 13.33 5 Great
Ozark Region* 410 460 50 12.20 18 Great
Southwest Region* 160 180 20 12.50 7 Outstanding

* - Workforce Investment Areas
** - Why are the employment levels different for the same occupation?



This profession generally requires Vocational training in one of the following
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General (NEW)
Culinary Arts/Chef Training