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Line Cook Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$27,000
$22,000
$27,000
$33,000
Line cooks in the United States make an average salary of $27,551 per year or $13.25 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $22,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $33,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Washington, Hawaii, California, Massachusetts, and Alaska provide the highest line cook salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Boston, MA
$31,714
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Map of Line Cook Salaries

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Average Salary

Average Line Cook Salary By Location

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a line cook is roughly $27,551 per year, which boils down to $13.25 per hour. Interestingly enough, line cooks have the highest salaries in San Francisco, CA at about $34,061 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in San Francisco, CA is $25,000. Additionally, line cooks make more than the average salary in Seattle, WA, Boston, MA, Washington, DC, Manchester, NJ, and Manchester, CT. On a more broad level, line cook salaries are highest in Washington, Hawaii, California, Massachusetts, Alaska, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. On the contrary, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Arkansas offer the lowest line cook salaries.

City
Average Salary
Manchester, NJ
Manchester, NJ
$30,455
$30k
Manchester, CT
Manchester, CT
$30,135
$30k
Manchester, NH
Manchester, NH
$29,316
$29k

High Paying Line Cook Jobs

Average Line Cook Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as a line cook, being employed by a company such as H-E-B or Hy-Vee would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Brio Tuscan Grille and Texas Roadhouse also report highly competitive salaries for line cooks.

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Line Cook Salary History

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    Line Cook Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a line 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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    $25,044
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    Collierville, TN
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    10/30/2020
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    $27,131
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