Wages & Outlook
Wages vary based on the type and location of the restaurant.
Short-order cooks who work full time often receive benefits. These benefits may include health insurance, paid vacation, and sick leave. Some employers provide workers with uniforms and free meals. Federal law allows employers to subtract any costs for food from employees' wages.
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In Minnesota, about 4,202 short-order cooks work in this medium-sized occupation.
- Full-service restaurants
- Fast-food restaurants
The increased need for short-order cooks will be due in part to growth in the population. In addition, many people want food that is prepared quickly. The increase in the number of families in which all parents work will also contribute to the demand for these workers.
Many jobs will occur because of the need to replace workers. Many of these positions are part time. People may work as short-order cooks to increase their income or to have flexible schedules while they attend school. Usually, short-order cooks move on to other positions in the field or to other occupations.
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