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Cook Salary

How Much Does a Cook Make in the United States?

The average base salary for a Cook in the United States is a month or $33,940 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Average Cook Base Salary:

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$16.32
$16.32
16.32

The average wage for a Cook is per hour.

Unlike front-of-house positions, such as Servers, who often rely on tips as a substantial portion of their income, Cooks are generally not part of the tip pool.

Annual Mean Wage of Cooks by State

[The latest data collected from BLS and the labor/employment departments of the respective states]

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Cook Salary in Major US Cities

Miami

Annual mean wage

$35,170

# of employees

119,690

Projected growth

126,841

New York City

Annual mean wage

$43,326

# of employees

59,340

Projected growth

62,900

Chicago

Annual mean wage

$37,758

# of employees

51,970

Projected growth

55,088

Los Angeles

Annual mean wage

$41,251

# of employees

141,420

Projected growth

149,905

[Sources: BLS; New York State Department of Labor; Illinois Department of Employment Security; California Employment Development Department]

 

High-Paying Cities for Cooks

CityAvg SalaryAvg Hourly Wage
NYC, NY43,32620.83
Los Angeles, CA41,25119.83
Chicago, IL37,75818.15
Miami, FL35,17016.91

Average Cook Salary by State

Explore the average Cook salary by state.

StateAvg. Salary
Alabama$31,179
Alaska$38,105
Arizona$36,800
Arkansas$28,530
California$41,267
Colorado$37,810
Connecticut$41,923
Delaware$31,510
Florida$33,904
Georgia$28,970
Hawaii$42,710
Idaho$30,810
Illinois$34,810
Indiana$29,610
Iowa$29,430
Kansas$28,730
Kentucky$29,070
Louisiana$27,840
Maine$37,600
Maryland$35,120
Massachusetts$40,480
Michigan$32,950
Minnesota$36,120
Mississippi$26,500
Missouri$30,830
Montana$32,030
Nebraska$33,011
Nevada$33,500
New Hampshire$38,854
New Jersey$41,719
New Mexico$31,050
New York$41,374
North Carolina$30,730
North Dakota$32,460
Ohio$30,440
Oklahoma$29,370
Oregon$38,509
Pennsylvania$31,400
Rhode Island$37,876
South Carolina$32,541
South Dakota$31,730
Tennessee$29,300
Texas$30,304
Utah$33,380
Vermont$39,220
Virginia$32,900
Washington$42,680
West Virginia$27,222
Wisconsin$32,010
Wyoming$37,255
District of Columbia$42,240

How Much Do Similar Careers to a Cook Get Paid?

Cooks earn more than Food Runners and Waiters/Waitresses, but less than Sous Chefs.

Job TitleAverage Salary
Food Runner
Waiter/Waitress
Sous Chef

Labor Laws and Taxes for Cooks

As a Cook, it could be beneficial to know your state’s minimum wage, overtime pay and leave policies.

Check out the guides below or view more labor laws:

To easily calculate federal, state and local taxes in your state, use our free Paycheck Calculator.

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