Updated August 18, 2021
Average Assistant Cook Salary
$11.68 hourly
$24,000 yearly

Entry level Salary
$19,000 yearly
$19,000
10 %
$24,000
Median
$29,000
90 %
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PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$29,000$2,417$14
75th Percentile$27,000$2,250$13
Average$24,297$2,025$12
25th Percentile$21,000$1,750$10
10th Percentile$19,000$1,583$9

Average Assistant Cook Salary By State

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Assistant Cook average salary by State

StateAvg. salaryHourly rateJob Count
Alabama$21,352$10.27738
Alaska$33,207$15.96123
Arizona$24,136$11.601,449
Arkansas$20,765$9.98707
California$28,063$13.494,224
Colorado$25,012$12.031,365
Connecticut$26,822$12.90483
Delaware$23,788$11.44152
District of Columbia$27,574$13.2683
Florida$22,992$11.054,609
Georgia$23,795$11.441,962
Hawaii$27,512$13.23112
Idaho$19,010$9.14268
Illinois$25,898$12.452,281
Indiana$21,559$10.361,566
Iowa$20,942$10.07651
Kansas$23,132$11.12729
Kentucky$21,022$10.11985
Louisiana$20,567$9.89931
Maine$26,021$12.51153
Maryland$25,467$12.24932
Massachusetts$28,602$13.751,115
Michigan$21,367$10.271,553
Minnesota$24,158$11.611,110
Mississippi$19,047$9.16646
Missouri$19,622$9.431,466
Montana$18,923$9.10203
Nebraska$23,045$11.08374
Nevada$24,679$11.86456
New Hampshire$23,574$11.33199
New Jersey$27,815$13.371,102
New Mexico$20,574$9.89376
New York$26,095$12.551,885
North Carolina$20,283$9.752,097
North Dakota$21,599$10.38133
Ohio$22,966$11.042,414
Oklahoma$22,151$10.65949
Oregon$23,738$11.41519
Pennsylvania$24,418$11.742,120
Rhode Island$28,281$13.60124
South Carolina$22,216$10.68998
South Dakota$20,875$10.04129
Tennessee$21,799$10.481,699
Texas$23,098$11.105,701
Utah$21,842$10.50584
Vermont$29,041$13.9668
Virginia$22,655$10.891,380
Washington$24,663$11.86844
West Virginia$19,139$9.20286
Wisconsin$21,511$10.34883
Wyoming$22,342$10.74107

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Highest Paying Cities For Assistant Cook

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CityAvg. salaryHourly rate
Santa Rosa, CA$29,361$14.12
Syracuse, NY$26,283$12.64
Irving, TX$22,775$10.95
Fargo, ND$22,068$10.61
Dearborn, MI$21,414$10.30

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How much does an Assistant Cook make?

The average Assistant Cook salary is $24,297 per year, or $11.68 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $19,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $29,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Alaska, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and California provide the highest Assistant Cook salaries.

Average Assistant Cook Salary Over Time

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    YearAvg. salaryHourly rate% Change
    2022$24,300$11.68+5.1%
    2021$23,100$11.09+4.1%
    2020$22,100$10.63+4.3%
    2019$21,200$10.17+2.6%
    2018$20,600$9.90+1.5%

    How Much Do Assistant Cooks Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, Assistant Cook salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that Education, Health Care, and Pharmaceutical companies tend to offer much higher salaries for Assistant Cooks. For example, Assistant Cooks make a whopping average salary of $28,763 while working for Education companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $26,132 at Health Care companies and $25,878 at Pharmaceutical companies. But Assistant Cooks may want to avoid working in the Telecommunication industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $24,854.
    RankIndustryAverage Assistant Cook SalaryAssistant Cook Salary Range
    1Education
    $28,763
    $22k
    $33k
    2Health Care
    $26,132
    $22k
    $33k
    3Pharmaceutical
    $25,878
    $22k
    $33k
    4Hospitality
    $25,371
    $22k
    $33k
    5Finance
    $25,268
    $22k
    $33k
    6Telecommunication
    $24,854
    $22k
    $33k

    High Paying Assistant Cook Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Cook/Dietary Aide

    Avg. salary: $24,739

    A cook/dietary aide is an individual who works along with the dietary managers, cooks, and dieticians. Dietary aides prepare meals, beverages, and snacks. They set up tables or dining areas with proper order and cleanliness. They serve meals and make sure that the hygiene and safety protocols for food are followed all the time. The skills significant for this job include attention to detail, strong communication skills, excellent customer service, and knowledge in food preparation and its safety protocols.
    150,053 Cook/Dietary Aide Jobs
    Cook/Dishwasher

    Avg. salary: $23,734

    Cooks/dishwashers must develop kitchen skills to excel in this line of job. Each cook or dishwasher must learn to develop skills in food preparation, sanitation, and customer service. Cooks or dishwashers can be assigned to different areas, either in the kitchen area, food preparation, or in washing dishes. The scope of their responsibilities may include the cooking surface area, specific food items, or menu items. Also, they are expected to maintain the cleanliness of the kitchen, assist in preparing food, and may do any other duties demanded by the chef.
    121,339 Cook/Dishwasher Jobs
    Prep Cook/Dishwasher

    Avg. salary: $25,533

    A prep cook and dishwasher is responsible for cleaning and sanitizing kitchen items and utensils, and performing basic cooking tasks under the supervision of chefs or cooks. It is also their responsibility to prepare ingredients by washing, chopping, weighing, and ensuring that they are the correct quantity and quality. Furthermore, a prep cook and dishwasher may also have to maintain cleanliness in the kitchen, clear tables, monitor inventory of ingredients in storage, coordinate with the kitchen staff, and meet all health standards and policies.
    114,641 Prep Cook/Dishwasher Jobs
    Line Cook/Dishwasher

    Avg. salary: $26,008

    A line cook/dishwasher is primarily in charge of prepping food and maintaining their work station's cleanliness while adhering to health standards and protocols. Among their duties include washing and chopping vegetables, cutting meat according to requirements, preparing sauces, and cooking according to an executive chef's directives. They also participate in cleaning and sterilizing kitchen tools and equipment, monitoring the inventory of ingredients, unloading stock deliveries, and taking care of leftovers. Additionally, as a line cook/dishwasher, it is essential to maintain an open communication line with fellow kitchen staff for an efficient workflow.
    117,133 Line Cook/Dishwasher Jobs
    Prep Cook

    Avg. salary: $25,440

    Prep cooks are responsible for preparing ingredients. They are usually part of an assembly line-like structure in the kitchen. They are often the first station in this assembly line. Prep cooks are in charge of thawing, skinning, cutting, mincing, slicing, and chopping ingredients so that the line cooks can just get these ingredients for their own stations. Prep cooks may also start doing some of the initial activities in the cooking process, such as preparing water for boiling, laying out ingredients, and ensuring that the stoves are clear.
    135,087 Prep Cook Jobs
    Cook

    Avg. salary: $27,995

    Cooks are responsible for preparing meals for guests or employers. They must be knowledgeable about the different recipes and ingredients needed. They are also responsible for managing the inventory and ensuring that the pantry is well-stocked. They prepare meals from scratch, cutting ingredients, measuring them, and following recipes. Cooks should be creative, especially when ingredients are lacking, and they must find alternatives that will not compromise the food taste. They should be precise, imaginative, and patient. Cooks should also have good time management skills and decision-making skills.
    148,061 Cook Jobs
    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    Cook/Dietary Aide$24,740$2,062$11.89150,053
    Cook/Dishwasher$23,735$1,978$11.41121,339
    Prep Cook/Dishwasher$25,534$2,128$12.28114,641
    Line Cook/Dishwasher$26,009$2,167$12.50117,133
    Prep Cook$25,441$2,120$12.23135,087
    Cook$27,996$2,333$13.46148,061
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    Assistant Cook Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for an Assistant Cook can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Which Companies Pay Assistant Cooks The Most?

    If you want to get paid the most as an Assistant Cook, being employed by a company such as University of Notre Dame or HCA Healthcare would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Hillsboro School District and Lemoore Union High School District also report highly competitive salaries for Assistant Cooks.
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    Recently Added Assistant Cook Salaries

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    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Management & TrainingAssistant CookClearfield, UT12/28/2021$28,237
    University of CaliforniaAssistant CookMerced, CA12/23/2021$38,296
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    University of CaliforniaAssistant CookIrvine, CA12/14/2021$38,296
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    Average Assistant Cook Salary by Demographic

    Assistant Cook Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $24,714
    female-income
    Female Income
    $23,841
    GenderIncome
    Male$24,714
    Female$23,841
    Median Assistant Cook Income by Race
    Hispanic or Latino Assistant Cooks have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or African American Assistant Cooks have the lowest average salary at $23,974.
    $25,000
    $20,000
    $15,000
    $10,000
    $5,000
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    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    EthnicitySalary
    White$24,036
    Black or African American$23,974
    Asian$24,633
    Hispanic or Latino$24,674
    Average Assistant Cook Salary by Education Level
    Assistant Cooks with a Bachelors degree earn more than those without, at $25,720 annually. With a Associate degree, Assistant Cooks earn a median annual income of $25,554 compared to $24,714 for Assistant Cooks with an High School Diploma degree.
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    High School Diploma or Less
    Some College/ Associate Degree
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    EducationSalary
    High School Diploma or Less$24,714
    Some College/ Associate Degree$25,554
    Bachelor's Degree$25,720