Cooks, Restaurant

risk level
Based on 281 votes
by year 2032
or $16.40 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

67% (High Risk)

High Risk (61-80%): Jobs in this category face a significant threat from automation, as many of their tasks can be easily automated using current or near-future technologies.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

  • Finger Dexterity

User poll

52% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. However, the automation risk level we have generated suggests a much higher chance of automation: 67% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Cooks, Restaurant will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Cooks, Restaurant' job openings is expected to rise 36.6% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Cooks, Restaurant' was $34,110, or $16 per hour

'Cooks, Restaurant' were paid 26.3% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 1,321,480 people employed as 'Cooks, Restaurant' within the United States.

This represents around 0.9% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 111 people are employed as 'Cooks, Restaurant'.

Job description

Prepare, season, and cook dishes such as soups, meats, vegetables, or desserts in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.

SOC Code: 35-2014.00


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Gordon (Low) says
anyone can make a burger, but not anyone can make a good burger.
Nov 28, 2023 at 04:58 PM
Jaqueline (Low) says
In professional kitchens there are a lot of unexpected variables that would be difficult for a robot to account for.
May 17, 2023 at 02:28 PM
Bernard Everstein (Low) says
There's certain things robots CANNOT do, art is one of those things
Oct 20, 2020 at 09:05 PM
尉迟锦鲤 (Koi Yuchi) (Highly likely) says
If this profession is replaced by robots, then many people will not be able to find a job. But it brings us a lot of convenience!
Jul 30, 2020 at 01:39 PM
Matt (No chance) says
What are you doing? Microwaving pasta? Too much chaos and complex physics and chemistry involved.
Jul 08, 2020 at 04:21 PM
Ale says
Thank god. This line of work is low paying, very stressful, lots of hours and not very appreciated, also somewhat dangerous.

It needs to go, sorry to all the chefs who actually like their job somehow, but yea, screw this job.
May 21, 2020 at 10:18 PM
B.A.Hewett (No chance) says
Because people don't want perfect food. It would make it seem like we live in an artificial world. Imperfection is human.
Mar 11, 2020 at 12:13 PM
Fredrick (Highly likely) says
Because people like robots more than humans so they want robots to cook their food
Sep 24, 2019 at 04:08 AM
Kiwi says
Lol but that is true!
Nov 17, 2019 at 02:06 PM
Ja'lesia . s . Jackson (Highly likely) says
because robots are becoming more trusted than humans
May 06, 2019 at 04:38 PM
KANET says
that MAKES ME SAD :(
Oct 25, 2019 at 08:57 AM

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