Cook Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 19, 2020
$28,000
$20,000
Min 10%
$28,000
Median 50%
$38,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
St. Charles' Schools
Highest Paying City
Seattle, WA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Average Experience Level
2.0 years
How much does a cook make?
Cooks in America make an average salary of $28,181 per year or $13.55 per hour. The top 10 percent of earners make over $38,000 annually, whereas the bottom 10 percent of earners make under $20,000 per year. Hospitality companies and Health Care companies are the best when it comes to the number of employment opportunities. The top 5 states when it comes to Cook salaries are Washington, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Hawaii, and Alaska. The typical tenure for a Cook is 2.0 years.
Annual Salaries For Related Jobs
Line Cook
$27,551
Grill Cook
$26,934
Prep Cook
$22,015

Average Cook Salary By Location

Across America, Cooks make on average $28,181 annually or $13.55 hourly. Cooks make the most in Seattle, WA at about $33,314 per year. The average entry-level salary in Seattle, WA is $25,000. Washington, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Hawaii, and Alaska are the top 5 highest earning states for Cooks. Oklahoma, West Virginia, Louisiana, Kentucky, and Arkansas are at the bottom for competitive pay.

Map of Cook Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Cooks earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary:

Average Cook Salary By Company

Cooks can expect good job security. Some industries pay higher than others. The most abundant employment opportunities for Cooks are in Hospitality companies and Health Care companies. St. Charles' Schools and Stormont Vail Health are the best paying companies for Cooks. Companies like Frederick Memorial Hospital and Middlesex Health also pay high salaries to their Cooks.

Average Cook Pay By Industry

Cook salaries can vary depending on the industry. By looking at our data, we can see that Health Care companies, Manufacturing companies, and Retail companies pay their Cooks well. Health Care companies pay Cooks an average salary of $29,235, Manufacturing companies pay $28,877, and Retail companys come in at $28,839. The average salary for Cooks in the Hospitality industry is lower than the rest, coming in at $28,001.
Industry
Average Salary
Health Care
Health Care
$29,235
$29k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$28,877
$29k
Retail
Retail
$28,839
$29k
Hospitality
Hospitality
$28,001
$28k

Cook Salary History

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

National Average
Ashburn, VA

Cook Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a Cook can range from $23,618 to $28,635 depending on the amount of work experience that the person has. Data on how experience level affects salary 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.

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Date Added
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