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Kitchen Cook Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$26,000
$21,000
$26,000
$32,000
Did you know that the average kitchen cook makes $26,423 per year? That's valued at $12.7 per hour! The range surrounding that average can vary between $21,000 and $32,000, meaning kitchen cooks have the opportunity to earn more once they move past entry-level roles. Most kitchen cooks find a job with hospitality and retail companies, while others work for retail, professional, and hospitality companies to make more money. Those aren't the only places you can earn a higher paycheck. Washington, California and Hawaii are the top states in the U.S. to pay kitchen cooks the highest salaries.
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Map of Kitchen Cook Salaries

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

Average Salary

Average Kitchen Cook Salary By Location

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to Washington, California and Hawaii, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for kitchen cooks. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are South Carolina, West Virginia, and Kentucky.

City
Average Salary
Vancouver, WA
Vancouver, WA
$32,761
$33k
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
$30,773
$31k
Braintree Town, MA
Braintree Town, MA
$29,959
$30k
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
$29,831
$30k
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
$29,085
$29k
Westminster, CO
Westminster, CO
$28,596
$29k
Casper, WY
Casper, WY
$27,845
$28k
Glendale, AZ
Glendale, AZ
$27,564
$28k
Yonkers, NY
Yonkers, NY
$27,372
$27k
Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL
$27,023
$27k

High Paying Kitchen Cook Jobs

Average Kitchen Cook Salary By Company

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 NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Bertucci's as they offer the highest salaries for kitchen cooks.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Kitchen Cook Salary History

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    Average Kitchen Cook Pay By Industry

    As we previously stated, kitchen cook salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that retail, professional, and hospitality companies tend to offer much higher salaries for kitchen cooks. For example, kitchen cooks make a whopping average salary of $28,998 while working for retail companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $26,522 at professional companies and $25,827 at hospitality companies. But kitchen cooks may want to avoid working in the finance industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $25,812.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Retail
    Retail
    $28,998
    $29k
    Professional
    Professional
    $26,522
    $27k
    Hospitality
    Hospitality
    $25,827
    $26k
    Finance
    Finance
    $25,812
    $26k

    Kitchen Cook Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a kitchen 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.

    Recently Added Kitchen Cook Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Summer 2021 Cooks and Kitchen Positions-Yellowstone National
    Summer 2021 Cooks and Kitchen Positions-Yellowstone National
    Wyoming
    Wyoming
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $22,957
    $22,957
    10/29/2020
    Cook-Kitchen
    Cook-Kitchen
    Vancouver, WA
    Vancouver, WA
    10/28/2020
    10/28/2020
    $34,728
    $34,728
    10/28/2020
    Peace Health
    Peace Health
    Cook-Kitchen
    Cook-Kitchen
    Cook-Kitchen
    Vancouver, WA
    Vancouver, WA
    10/26/2020
    10/26/2020
    $34,728
    $34,728
    10/26/2020
    Cook Line Kitchen
    Cook Line Kitchen
    North Canton, OH
    North Canton, OH
    10/25/2020
    10/25/2020
    $27,131
    $27,131
    10/25/2020
    Cook I-Journey Kitchen 14030 Florence RD, Sugar Land, TX 77498
    Cook I-Journey Kitchen 14030 Florence RD, Sugar Land, TX 77498
    Houston, TX
    Houston, TX
    10/16/2020
    10/16/2020
    $31,305
    $31,305
    10/16/2020
    Guest Servers/Kitchen Cooks, Availability Based
    Guest Servers/Kitchen Cooks, Availability Based
    Washington, PA
    Washington, PA
    10/08/2020
    10/08/2020
    $24,001
    $24,001
    10/08/2020
    Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, Inc.
    Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, Inc.
    Cook Central Kitchen
    Cook Central Kitchen
    Cook Central Kitchen
    Donora, PA
    Donora, PA
    10/06/2020
    10/06/2020
    $20,870
    $20,870
    10/06/2020
    Kitchen Staff/Cook
    Kitchen Staff/Cook
    Huntley, IL
    Huntley, IL
    09/21/2020
    09/21/2020
    $22,957
    $22,957
    09/21/2020
    Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, Inc.
    Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, Inc.
    Cook Central Kitchen
    Cook Central Kitchen
    Cook Central Kitchen
    Donora, PA
    Donora, PA
    09/21/2020
    09/21/2020
    $20,870
    $20,870
    09/21/2020
    Rocket Farm Restaurants
    Rocket Farm Restaurants
    JCT Kitchen & Bar-Cook
    JCT Kitchen & Bar-Cook
    JCT Kitchen & Bar-Cook
    Atlanta, GA
    Atlanta, GA
    09/19/2020
    09/19/2020
    $20,870
    $20,870
    09/19/2020