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How Much Does a Kitchen Staff Earn In The United States?

Kitchen Staff Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$23,000
$19,000
$23,000
$27,000
The average kitchen staff makes about $23,230 per year. That's $11.17 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $19,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $27,000. Many of kitchen staff seem to be drawn to hospitality and retail companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case kitchen staff tend to work at retail, manufacturing, and health care companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Nevada, California and Oregon pay kitchen staff the highest salaries.
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Where Kitchen Staff Earn The Most

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

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How Much Do Kitchen Staff Earn In Different Cities?

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to Nevada, California and Oregon, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for kitchen staff. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Alabama, West Virginia, and Ohio.
Location
City
Average Salary

San Francisco, CA

Salary Range29k - 38k$34k$33,691

Glendale, AZ

Salary Range21k - 28k$24k$24,383

Aurora, IL

Salary Range20k - 26k$23k$23,455

Colorado Springs, CO

Salary Range20k - 26k$23k$23,375

Saint George, UT

Salary Range20k - 26k$23k$23,218

Indianapolis, IN

Salary Range20k - 25k$23k$22,830

Kansas City, MO

Salary Range18k - 23k$21k$21,053

Anderson, SC

Salary Range18k - 23k$21k$20,628

Kansas City, KS

Salary Range18k - 22k$21k$20,536

Orlando, FL

Salary Range17k - 23k$20k$20,297
$16k
$38k

High Paying Kitchen Staff Jobs

Which Companies Pay Kitchen Staff The Most?

To earn a high income as a kitchen staff, working for Jason's Deli or Hooters might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like IHOP and Target report highly competitive salaries for kitchen staff.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Jason's Deli
Salary Range23k - 26k$25k$25,210
Hooters
Salary Range23k - 25k$24k$24,369
IHOP
Salary Range22k - 25k$23k$23,494
Target
Salary Range21k - 24k$23k$22,726
Buffalo Wild Wings
Salary Range21k - 24k$23k$22,626
Thomas Cuisine
Salary Range21k - 23k$22k$22,388
Midas Hospitality
Salary Range20k - 23k$22k$22,247
Live Nation Entertainment
Salary Range20k - 23k$22k$22,164
Regal Cinemas
Salary Range20k - 22k$21k$21,414
The Sea Pines Resort
Salary Range20k - 22k$21k$21,163
$17k
$26k

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Kitchen Staff Salary History

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    How Much Do Kitchen Staff Make In Different Industries?

    Kitchen staff salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with retail, manufacturing, and health care companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a kitchen staff can make a yearly salary of $24,036 while working for retail companies. All the while, other kitchen staff are making $22,984 at manufacturing companies and $22,892 at health care companies. One industry kitchen staff may want to avoid is the hospitality industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $21,621.
    Industry
    Average Salary

    Retail

    Salary Range22k - 25k$24k$24,036

    Manufacturing

    Salary Range21k - 24k$23k$22,984

    Health Care

    Salary Range21k - 24k$23k$22,892

    Hospitality

    Salary Range19k - 23k$22k$21,621
    $19k
    $25k

    How Experience Affects Kitchen Staff Salaries

    The salary for a kitchen staff 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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