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

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 8 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. Nevada
  2. Delaware
  3. Michigan
  4. Wyoming
  5. Washington
  6. Minnesota
  7. Alaska
  8. North Dakota
  9. Rhode Island
  10. Wisconsin

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

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

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 $32750, so our index value would be:

$32,750 * (100 / 135.9) = $24,098

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 Nevada $31,219 $32,250 103.3
2 Delaware $30,996 $31,430 101.4
3 Michigan $30,685 $27,310 89.0
4 Wyoming $30,566 $28,060 91.8
5 Washington $30,456 $32,040 105.2
6 Minnesota $30,257 $30,500 100.8
7 Alaska $29,877 $39,170 131.1
8 North Dakota $29,486 $29,310 99.4
9 Rhode Island $28,301 $34,160 120.7
10 Wisconsin $28,109 $27,210 96.8
11 Nebraska $27,991 $25,640 91.6
12 Illinois $27,864 $26,360 94.6
13 Virginia $27,827 $28,050 100.8
14 Utah $27,645 $25,710 93.0
15 Ohio $27,366 $25,670 93.8
16 Iowa $27,351 $24,890 91.0
17 Connecticut $27,251 $34,800 127.7
18 Florida $27,182 $26,720 98.3
19 New Hampshire $27,111 $31,720 117.0
20 Kentucky $27,060 $24,490 90.5
21 Pennsylvania $26,834 $27,210 101.4
22 Arizona $26,734 $26,200 98.0
23 Texas $26,328 $23,880 90.7
24 Colorado $26,262 $27,260 103.8
25 Massachusetts $26,056 $34,760 133.4
26 Indiana $26,055 $23,320 89.5
27 Maryland $25,992 $32,620 125.5
28 Montana $25,863 $26,070 100.8
29 New Jersey $25,767 $31,410 121.9
30 North Carolina $25,697 $24,130 93.9
31 Kansas $25,539 $22,960 89.9
32 Tennessee $25,402 $22,710 89.4
33 Oregon $25,320 $29,270 115.6
34 Missouri $25,276 $22,850 90.4
35 Maine $25,090 $27,800 110.8
36 Vermont $25,020 $30,300 121.1
37 New Mexico $24,963 $24,090 96.5
38 New York $24,931 $32,660 131.0
39 Idaho $24,766 $22,810 92.1
40 West Virginia $24,614 $22,990 93.4
41 Georgia $24,452 $22,350 91.4
42 California $24,098 $32,750 135.9
43 South Dakota $23,905 $24,790 103.7
44 Arkansas $23,375 $20,360 87.1
45 Oklahoma $22,903 $20,430 89.2
46 Mississippi $22,852 $19,630 85.9
47 South Carolina $21,854 $21,680 99.2
48 Alabama $21,611 $19,710 91.2
49 Louisiana $21,529 $20,410 94.8
50 Hawaii $20,309 $34,100 167.9
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