Updated August 18, 2021
Average Cook/Team Member Salary
$10.20 hourly
$21,000 yearly

Entry level Salary
$16,000 yearly
$16,000
10 %
$21,000
Median
$27,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$27,000
$2,250
$13
75th Percentile
$24,000
$2,000
$12
Average
$21,215
$1,768
$10
25th Percentile
$18,000
$1,500
$9
10th Percentile
$16,000
$1,333
$8

Average Cook/Team Member Salary By State

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Cook/Team Member average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$19,856
$9.55
Alaska
$26,594
$12.79
Arizona
$25,078
$12.06
Arkansas
$20,148
$9.69
California
$31,824
$15.30
Colorado
$24,298
$11.68
Connecticut
$23,601
$11.35
Delaware
$18,105
$8.70
District of Columbia
$22,280
$10.71
Florida
$18,593
$8.94
Georgia
$19,168
$9.22
Hawaii
$23,963
$11.52
Idaho
$22,161
$10.65
Illinois
$18,471
$8.88
Indiana
$18,467
$8.88
Iowa
$20,274
$9.75
Kansas
$20,589
$9.90
Kentucky
$18,635
$8.96
Louisiana
$17,114
$8.23
Maine
$22,702
$10.91
Maryland
$22,177
$10.66
Massachusetts
$27,068
$13.01
Michigan
$18,919
$9.10
Minnesota
$23,876
$11.48
Mississippi
$17,360
$8.35
Missouri
$19,329
$9.29
Montana
$19,476
$9.36
Nebraska
$22,454
$10.80
Nevada
$21,677
$10.42
New Hampshire
$23,534
$11.31
New Jersey
$23,121
$11.12
New Mexico
$18,155
$8.73
New York
$27,700
$13.32
North Carolina
$17,674
$8.50
North Dakota
$22,433
$10.79
Ohio
$20,281
$9.75
Oklahoma
$17,900
$8.61
Oregon
$29,938
$14.39
Pennsylvania
$20,497
$9.85
Rhode Island
$25,923
$12.46
South Carolina
$16,986
$8.17
South Dakota
$19,745
$9.49
Tennessee
$19,915
$9.57
Texas
$20,732
$9.97
Utah
$21,076
$10.13
Vermont
$28,953
$13.92
Virginia
$18,351
$8.82
Washington
$31,390
$15.09
West Virginia
$23,477
$11.29
Wisconsin
$19,668
$9.46
Wyoming
$18,564
$8.93

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Highest Paying Cities For Cook/Team Member

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Meridian, ID
$22,728
$10.93
Indianapolis, IN
$18,375
$8.83
Virginia Beach, VA
$18,288
$8.79

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How much does a Cook/Team Member make?

The average cook/team member salary is $21,215 per year, or $10.2 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $16,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $27,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Washington, Oregon, Vermont, and New York provide the highest cook/team member salaries.

Average Cook/Team Member Salary Over Time

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    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $21,200
    $10.20
    +5.0%
    2020
    $20,100
    $9.69
    +3.7%
    2019
    $19,400
    $9.33
    +2.7%
    2018
    $18,900
    $9.08
    +2.6%
    2017
    $18,400
    $8.84
    +0.4%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Mexican Food Cook

    Avg. salary: $27,666

    A Mexican Food Cook works at restaurants or similar establishments that specialize in Mexican cuisine. Their responsibilities revolve around cutting meat and vegetable in portions, cooking and preparing according to company menu and guidelines, monitoring the supply of ingredients, and maintaining the cleanliness of work areas. There are also instances where they must delegate tasks among staff, coordinate with managers, and resolve order problems. Mexican Food Cooks must work while adhering to the company and the government's health and safety regulations and standards.
    124,309 Mexican Food Cook Jobs
    Short Order Cook

    Avg. salary: $25,326

    A short-order cook takes responsibility for preparing foods in cafes and restaurants. Usually, they fry eggs, cook fries, and prepare sandwiches. Short order cooks work alongside line chefs in the foodservice market. Their manner of preparing food is quick, easy, and simple. They plan and handle work orders ensuring that all orders are complete and served on time. Strong communication, customer service, a good sense of taste, and the ability to work efficiently are necessary requirements for the job.
    98,891 Short Order Cook Jobs
    Food Service/Cashier

    Avg. salary: $22,528

    Foodservice/cashiers are often employed at food restaurants and played various roles. Their duties include recording orders from customers and making sure their payments are collected. They are responsible for managing financial transactions and creating financial reports at the end of the day, making sure that order receipts correlate to the amount of money collected. They could also function as service members, welcoming customers and taking their orders politely, packaging them, and ensures that they are delivered promptly, taking in and resolving customer's queries and complaints. They can also be tasked to stock supplies and may help in cooking if the needs arise.
    138,030 Food Service/Cashier Jobs
    Kitchen Cook

    Avg. salary: $26,595

    A kitchen cook prepares food for customers. Kitchen cooks help devise new menu items and methods of cooking. Their duties are to prepare food before the arrival of guests, manage employees in the kitchen, and season food according to recipe needs. They assist other cooks during the food assembly process, estimate food consumption, and organize preparation. They keep records and accounts of food purchases, prepare any necessary sauce before the meal service begins, and so on. As kitchen cooks, they must excel in organizational skills, verbal communication, culinary arts, and kitchen equipment. They should be equipped with knowledge of international cuisines, butchering, and basic computational skills.
    142,881 Kitchen Cook Jobs
    Grill Cook

    Avg. salary: $26,492

    A grill cook's primary role is to take charge of grilling food in restaurants or a similar establishment. Aside from grilling different kinds of food, they are also responsible for the plating, ensuring that it looks presentable and mouth-watering. Moreover, grill cooks have other duties such as preparing supplies and ingredients, maintaining the cleanliness of the work area, and training new members of the workforce. It is also essential to coordinate with other restaurant staff at all times as the operations can be fast-paced and will require accuracy and speed.
    107,470 Grill Cook 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.
    90,229 Prep Cook Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Mexican Food Cook
    $27,666
    $2,306
    $13.30
    124,309
    Short Order Cook
    $25,326
    $2,111
    $12.18
    98,891
    Food Service/Cashier
    $22,528
    $1,877
    $10.83
    138,030
    Kitchen Cook
    $26,595
    $2,216
    $12.79
    142,881
    Grill Cook
    $26,493
    $2,208
    $12.74
    107,470
    Prep Cook
    $25,441
    $2,120
    $12.23
    90,229
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    Cook/Team Member Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a cook/team member 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.
    Experience LevelascdescAvg. SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
    Entry Level
    $18,000
    $8.63
    Mid Level
    $19,400
    $9.34
    Senior Level
    $22,600
    $10.87

    Which Companies Pay Cook/Team Members The Most?

    To earn a high income as a cook/team member, working for Whole Foods Market or Meijer might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like BJ's Wholesale Club and Kroger report highly competitive wages for cook/team members.
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    Recently Added Cook/Team Member Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Shearer's Foods
    Packer Team Member
    Packer Team Member
    Newport, AR
    08/31/2021
    $29,698
    08/31/2021
    Noodles & Company
    Restaurant Team Member-Cook
    Restaurant Team Member-Cook
    Vancouver, WA
    08/31/2021
    $28,571
    08/31/2021
    Noodles & Company
    Restaurant Team Member-Cook
    Restaurant Team Member-Cook
    Milwaukee, WI
    08/31/2021
    $18,783
    08/31/2021
    Bonchon
    Kitchen/Cook Team Members
    Kitchen/Cook Team Members
    Orlando, FL
    08/31/2021
    $29,218
    08/31/2021
    Benchmark
    Mid Level Cooks-Come Join OUR Grand Re-Opening Team! Corporate Hotel & Conferenc
    Mid Level Cooks-Come Join OUR Grand Re-Opening Team! Corporate Hotel & Conferenc
    Westlake, TX
    08/31/2021
    $34,436
    08/31/2021
    Noodles & Company
    Restaurant Team Member-Cook
    Restaurant Team Member-Cook
    Denver, CO
    08/31/2021
    $25,712
    08/31/2021
    Getgo
    Hourly Team Member
    Hourly Team Member
    Lakewood, OH
    08/31/2021
    $22,957
    08/31/2021
    Red Robin International, Inc.
    Front of House Team Members
    Front of House Team Members
    Aurora, CO
    08/30/2021
    $25,712
    08/30/2021
    Tiff's Treats
    Kitchen Team Member-Allen (3409)
    Kitchen Team Member-Allen (3409)
    Allen, TX
    08/29/2021
    $27,131
    08/29/2021
    Culvers Restaurant
    Culver's Team Member
    Culver's Team Member
    Shawano, WI
    08/29/2021
    $104,350
    08/29/2021

    Average Cook/Team Member Salary by Demographic

    Cook/Team Member Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $24,248
    female-income
    Female Income
    $24,274
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$24,248
    Female$24,274
    Median Cook/Team Member Income by Race
    Hispanic or latino cook/team members have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american cook/team members have the lowest average salary at $23,921.
    $25,000
    $20,000
    $15,000
    $10,000
    $5,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$24,074
    Black or African American$23,921
    Asian$24,486
    Hispanic or Latino$24,818
    Average Cook/Team Member Salary by Education Level
    Cook/team members with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $26,083 annually. With a Bachelors degree, cook/team members earn a median annual income of $25,472 compared to $25,049 for cook/team members with an Associate degree.
    $30,000
    $24,000
    $18,000
    $12,000
    $6,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$24,274
    Master's Degree$26,083
    Bachelor's Degree$25,472
    Some College/ Associate Degree$25,049