Updated August 18, 2021
Average Kitchen Cook Salary
$12.79 hourly
$26,000 yearly

Entry level Salary
$21,000 yearly
$21,000
10 %
$26,000
Median
$33,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$33,000
$2,750
$16
75th Percentile
$30,000
$2,500
$14
Average
$26,595
$2,216
$13
25th Percentile
$23,000
$1,917
$11
10th Percentile
$21,000
$1,750
$10

Average Kitchen Cook Salary By State

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Kitchen Cook average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$19,830
$9.53
Alaska
$36,834
$17.71
Arizona
$25,524
$12.27
Arkansas
$20,189
$9.71
California
$32,669
$15.71
Colorado
$23,078
$11.10
Connecticut
$28,035
$13.48
Delaware
$23,871
$11.48
District of Columbia
$26,952
$12.96
Florida
$23,974
$11.53
Georgia
$22,076
$10.61
Hawaii
$40,254
$19.35
Idaho
$22,748
$10.94
Illinois
$26,554
$12.77
Indiana
$21,794
$10.48
Iowa
$21,806
$10.48
Kansas
$23,251
$11.18
Kentucky
$20,552
$9.88
Louisiana
$19,081
$9.17
Maine
$27,245
$13.10
Maryland
$25,017
$12.03
Massachusetts
$30,089
$14.47
Michigan
$22,059
$10.61
Minnesota
$27,232
$13.09
Mississippi
$17,843
$8.58
Missouri
$19,695
$9.47
Montana
$20,629
$9.92
Nebraska
$23,462
$11.28
Nevada
$28,768
$13.83
New Hampshire
$24,709
$11.88
New Jersey
$28,662
$13.78
New Mexico
$20,145
$9.69
New York
$25,704
$12.36
North Carolina
$22,367
$10.75
North Dakota
$23,009
$11.06
Ohio
$22,981
$11.05
Oklahoma
$21,768
$10.47
Oregon
$29,652
$14.26
Pennsylvania
$21,720
$10.44
Rhode Island
$29,859
$14.36
South Carolina
$20,543
$9.88
South Dakota
$21,347
$10.26
Tennessee
$20,939
$10.07
Texas
$22,732
$10.93
Utah
$22,720
$10.92
Vermont
$30,325
$14.58
Virginia
$23,149
$11.13
Washington
$34,801
$16.73
West Virginia
$18,657
$8.97
Wisconsin
$22,932
$11.03
Wyoming
$21,431
$10.30

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Highest Paying Cities For Kitchen Cook

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Vancouver, WA
$35,561
$17.10
Los Angeles, CA
$32,338
$15.55
Huntley, IL
$26,778
$12.87
Yonkers, NY
$25,843
$12.42
Boca Raton, FL
$24,218
$11.64
Chesapeake, VA
$23,021
$11.07

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How much does a Kitchen Cook make?

The average kitchen cook salary is $26,595 per year, or $12.79 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $21,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $33,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, California, and Vermont provide the highest kitchen cook salaries.

Average Kitchen Cook Salary Over Time

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

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $26,600
    $12.79
    +5.1%
    2020
    $25,200
    $12.14
    +4.1%
    2019
    $24,200
    $11.63
    +4.3%
    2018
    $23,200
    $11.13
    +2.6%
    2017
    $22,500
    $10.84
    +1.5%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    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.
    66,872 Cook/Dishwasher Jobs
    Cook/Server

    Avg. salary: $24,623

    Cooks/servers are employees who take on the dual role of being a cook and a server in the restaurant. They are usually trained cooks who are in charge of preparing meals for the guests. They prepare ingredients, cook them according to the recipe, and serve them to guests. They are responsible for ensuring that the food is prepared and served to guests within the promised time. They are in charge of managing the pantry, ensuring that the stock is fresh, and checking whether the stock is low. They are expected to have culinary skills, precision, and time management skills.
    165,219 Cook/Server 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.
    103,733 Cook Jobs
    Fry Cook

    Avg. salary: $26,038

    Generally, a fry cook works in a kitchen specializing in fried foods and operating the deep fryer. Fry cooks or chefs cook food by submerging in boiling oil. They prepare food to be fried, work with frying pans, and watch over deep fryers. The skills they need to establish include food preparation, dexterity, physical stamina, and comprehension. They are also expected to be understanding and patient, noting that these qualities help impress the customers.
    117,162 Fry 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
    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
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Cook/Dishwasher
    $23,735
    $1,978
    $11.41
    66,872
    Cook/Server
    $24,624
    $2,052
    $11.84
    165,219
    Cook
    $27,996
    $2,333
    $13.46
    103,733
    Fry Cook
    $26,039
    $2,170
    $12.52
    117,162
    Short Order Cook
    $25,326
    $2,111
    $12.18
    98,891
    Grill Cook
    $26,493
    $2,208
    $12.74
    107,470
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    Kitchen Cook Salaries By Years Of Experience

    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.

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    Recently Added Kitchen Cook Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Kitchen Cook
    Brea, CA
    08/31/2021
    $31,305
    08/31/2021
    Derby Public Schools
    Cook-S/Day, Central Kitchen
    Cook-S/Day, Central Kitchen
    Derby, KS
    08/29/2021
    $23,145
    08/29/2021
    Buffalo Wild Wings
    Kitchen Team Member/Cook
    Kitchen Team Member/Cook
    Aurora, CO
    08/27/2021
    $29,218
    08/27/2021
    Market of Choice
    Central Kitchen Cook
    Central Kitchen Cook
    Eugene, OR
    08/25/2021
    $38,610
    08/25/2021
    Chick-Fil-A
    Back of House Kitchen Cook
    Back of House Kitchen Cook
    Scottsdale, AZ
    08/21/2021
    $28,175
    08/21/2021
    Tulalip Casino Inc.
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    Ione, WA
    08/19/2021
    $34,415
    08/19/2021
    Peacehealth
    Cook-Kitchen
    Cook-Kitchen
    Vancouver, WA
    08/08/2021
    $34,728
    08/08/2021
    940's Kitchen & Cocktails
    940's Kitchen & Cocktails-Cook
    940's Kitchen & Cocktails-Cook
    Denton, TX
    08/06/2021
    $25,044
    08/06/2021
    Kitchen Cook
    Huntington Beach, CA
    08/05/2021
    $31,305
    08/05/2021
    Penn National Gaming
    Cook-Fireside Kitchen
    Cook-Fireside Kitchen
    Black Hawk, CO
    08/05/2021
    $33,392
    08/05/2021

    Average Kitchen Cook Salary by Demographic

    Kitchen Cook Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $27,059
    female-income
    Female Income
    $26,410
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$27,059
    Female$26,410
    Median Kitchen Cook Income by Race
    Asian kitchen cooks have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american kitchen cooks have the lowest average salary at $26,422.
    $30,000
    $24,000
    $18,000
    $12,000
    $6,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$26,444
    Black or African American$26,422
    Asian$27,106
    Hispanic or Latino$26,922
    Average Kitchen Cook Salary by Education Level
    Kitchen cooks with a Bachelors degree earn more than those without, at $27,993 annually. With a Associate degree, kitchen cooks earn a median annual income of $27,980 compared to $27,059 for kitchen cooks with an High School Diploma degree.
    $30,000
    $24,000
    $18,000
    $12,000
    $6,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$27,059
    Bachelor's Degree$27,993
    Some College/ Associate Degree$27,980