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How Much Does a Cook Earn In The United States?

Cook Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$27,000
$20,000
$27,000
$37,000
Cooks in the United States make an average salary of $27,488 per year or $13.22 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $20,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $37,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and New Jersey provide the highest cook salaries.
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Where Cooks Earn The Most

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

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How Much Do Cooks Earn In Different Cities?

While a cook can average a salary of $27,488 per year, or $13.22 per hour, there are many opportunities for cooks to make more. For example, in Seattle, WA you might make $34,619 per year. Other high-paying locations include Boston, MA, Richmond, CA and Portland, OR. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Seattle, WA where the average starting salary is $25,000. The highest paying states for cooks include Washington, Alaska and Hawaii. Meanwhile, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Louisiana offer the lowest salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary
Seattle, WA
Salary Range29k - 40k$35k$34,619
Boston, MA
Salary Range28k - 38k$33k$33,014

Richmond, CA

Salary Range27k - 38k$33k$32,624
Portland, OR
Salary Range26k - 36k$31k$31,068

Portland, ME

Salary Range25k - 33k$29k$28,908

Long Beach, NY

Salary Range24k - 34k$29k$28,894
Saint Paul, MN
Salary Range24k - 33k$29k$28,887
Washington, DC
Salary Range23k - 34k$29k$28,583
Las Vegas, NV
Salary Range23k - 32k$28k$27,578
Baltimore, MD
Salary Range22k - 32k$27k$27,176
$19k
$40k

High Paying Cook Jobs

Which Companies Pay Cooks The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like The Walt Disney Company and Saltgrass Steak House as they offer the highest salaries for cooks.
Company
Company
Average Salary
The Walt Disney Company
Salary Range32k - 44k$38k$37,826
Saltgrass Steak House
Salary Range31k - 44k$38k$37,710
Fogo de Chao
Salary Range31k - 44k$38k$37,624
Mattel
Salary Range31k - 44k$38k$37,524
Guttenberg Municipal Hospital
Salary Range31k - 44k$37k$37,400
Cocoa PD
Salary Range34k - 40k$37k$37,251
Uncle Julio's
Salary Range31k - 44k$37k$37,235
Wood Ranch
Salary Range31k - 44k$37k$37,233
SpaceX
Salary Range31k - 43k$37k$37,178
Tenet Healthcare
Salary Range31k - 43k$37k$37,076
$30k
$44k

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    How Much Do Cooks Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, cook salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that health care, manufacturing, and retail companies tend to offer much higher salaries for cooks. For example, cooks make a whopping average salary of $31,906 while working for health care companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $28,675 at manufacturing companies and $27,706 at retail companies. But cooks may want to avoid working in the hospitality industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $25,140.
    Industry
    Average Salary

    Health Care

    Salary Range27k - 36k$32k$31,906

    Manufacturing

    Salary Range25k - 32k$29k$28,675

    Retail

    Salary Range24k - 31k$28k$27,706

    Hospitality

    Salary Range20k - 30k$25k$25,140
    $20k
    $36k

    How Experience Affects Cook Salaries

    The salary for a 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.

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