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Average pay: $32,590
  Salary Total compensation
(includes bonus)
75% in this career make more than: $29,977 $30,855
50% in this career make more than: $31,723 $31,906
25% in this career make more than: $34,978 $34,978
Top potential compensation (5% make more):   $60,174

10-year job growth: 12.83%
Total jobs 2004: 2,122,476
Forecast 2014: 2,394,803
Average annual growth (including new jobs and net replacement): 92,996

Career description
Chefs, cooks, and food preparation workers prepare, season, and cook a wide range of foods—from soups, snacks, and salads to entrees, side dishes, and desserts—in a variety of restaurants and other food services establishments. Chefs and cooks create recipes and prepare meals, while food preparation workers peel and cut vegetables, trim meat, prepare poultry, and perform other duties such as keeping work areas clean and monitoring temperatures of ovens and stovetops.

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