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These Are The 10 States With The Highest Cook Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 3 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, Fast Food.

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

  1. Washington
  2. North Dakota
  3. Utah
  4. Nebraska
  5. Michigan
  6. Wyoming
  7. Illinois
  8. Ohio
  9. Florida
  10. Texas

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 2016 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 $22940, so our index value would be:

$22,940 * (100 / 135.9) = $16,880

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.

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Detailed List Of Cook Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Washington $24,752 $26,040 105.2
2 North Dakota $24,678 $24,530 99.4
3 Utah $23,021 $21,410 93.0
4 Nebraska $22,980 $21,050 91.6
5 Michigan $22,865 $20,350 89.0
6 Wyoming $22,080 $20,270 91.8
7 Illinois $21,638 $20,470 94.6
8 Ohio $21,492 $20,160 93.8
9 Florida $21,485 $21,120 98.3
10 Texas $21,477 $19,480 90.7
11 Arkansas $21,423 $18,660 87.1
12 West Virginia $21,338 $19,930 93.4
13 Indiana $21,262 $19,030 89.5
14 Mississippi $20,908 $17,960 85.9
15 Nevada $20,803 $21,490 103.3
16 Missouri $20,763 $18,770 90.4
17 Kentucky $20,707 $18,740 90.5
18 Iowa $20,527 $18,680 91.0
19 Montana $20,496 $20,660 100.8
20 Arizona $20,489 $20,080 98.0
21 Oklahoma $20,459 $18,250 89.2
22 Tennessee $20,357 $18,200 89.4
23 Georgia $20,317 $18,570 91.4
24 Wisconsin $20,309 $19,660 96.8
25 Colorado $20,298 $21,070 103.8
26 Kansas $20,255 $18,210 89.9
27 Minnesota $20,079 $20,240 100.8
28 Alabama $19,999 $18,240 91.2
29 Vermont $19,843 $24,030 121.1
30 South Dakota $19,826 $20,560 103.7
31 New Mexico $19,792 $19,100 96.5
32 Pennsylvania $19,763 $20,040 101.4
33 North Carolina $19,659 $18,460 93.9
34 Louisiana $19,546 $18,530 94.8
35 Idaho $19,522 $17,980 92.1
36 Rhode Island $19,486 $23,520 120.7
37 Oregon $19,403 $22,430 115.6
38 Maine $19,169 $21,240 110.8
39 Delaware $19,132 $19,400 101.4
40 Massachusetts $18,823 $25,110 133.4
41 Virginia $18,511 $18,660 100.8
42 Alaska $18,504 $24,260 131.1
43 South Carolina $18,175 $18,030 99.2
44 New Jersey $17,990 $21,930 121.9
45 New Hampshire $17,299 $20,240 117.0
46 Maryland $17,298 $21,710 125.5
47 Connecticut $17,282 $22,070 127.7
48 New York $16,946 $22,200 131.0
49 California $16,880 $22,940 135.9
50 Hawaii $15,396 $25,850 167.9

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