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The 10 States With The Highest Cook Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 4 months ago

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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do cooks get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for cooks by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for cooks by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for cooks after this adjustment? That would be Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Wyoming
  2. Minnesota
  3. Washington
  4. Delaware
  5. Michigan
  6. Nevada
  7. North Dakota
  8. Connecticut
  9. Utah
  10. Wisconsin

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for cooks from the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $35680, so our index value would be:

$35,680 * (100 / 135.9) = $26,254

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for cooks.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Cook Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Wyoming $33,311 $30,580 91.8
2 Minnesota $32,549 $32,810 100.8
3 Washington $32,538 $34,230 105.2
4 Delaware $32,169 $32,620 101.4
5 Michigan $31,921 $28,410 89.0
6 Nevada $31,732 $32,780 103.3
7 North Dakota $31,559 $31,370 99.4
8 Connecticut $30,211 $38,580 127.7
9 Utah $29,967 $27,870 93.0
10 Wisconsin $29,917 $28,960 96.8
11 Rhode Island $29,875 $36,060 120.7
12 Iowa $29,791 $27,110 91.0
13 Nebraska $29,421 $26,950 91.6
14 Virginia $29,166 $29,400 100.8
15 Illinois $29,122 $27,550 94.6
16 Ohio $29,061 $27,260 93.8
17 Pennsylvania $28,777 $29,180 101.4
18 Alaska $28,733 $37,670 131.1
19 Arizona $28,693 $28,120 98.0
20 Georgia $28,621 $26,160 91.4
21 Tennessee $28,612 $25,580 89.4
22 Colorado $28,545 $29,630 103.8
23 Kentucky $28,320 $25,630 90.5
24 New Hampshire $28,290 $33,100 117.0
25 Indiana $28,156 $25,200 89.5
26 Massachusetts $27,961 $37,300 133.4
27 New Jersey $27,932 $34,050 121.9
28 Maine $27,897 $30,910 110.8
29 Florida $27,751 $27,280 98.3
30 Oregon $27,612 $31,920 115.6
31 Missouri $27,544 $24,900 90.4
32 Texas $27,309 $24,770 90.7
33 Idaho $27,100 $24,960 92.1
34 Kansas $26,907 $24,190 89.9
35 North Carolina $26,879 $25,240 93.9
36 Montana $26,845 $27,060 100.8
37 New York $26,564 $34,800 131.0
38 Maryland $26,302 $33,010 125.5
39 California $26,254 $35,680 135.9
40 New Mexico $25,927 $25,020 96.5
41 Vermont $25,912 $31,380 121.1
42 West Virginia $25,910 $24,200 93.4
43 Arkansas $25,625 $22,320 87.1
44 South Dakota $25,294 $26,230 103.7
45 Oklahoma $24,271 $21,650 89.2
46 Alabama $24,232 $22,100 91.2
47 Mississippi $23,818 $20,460 85.9
48 Louisiana $23,196 $21,990 94.8
49 South Carolina $23,145 $22,960 99.2
50 Hawaii $22,698 $38,110 167.9
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