The salary statistics of chefs and head cooks are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of chefs and head cooks within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The chefs and head cooks annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$25,020|
|25th Percentile Wage||$33,950|
|50th Percentile Wage||$45,950|
|75th Percentile Wage||$61,870|
|90th Percentile Wage||$78,570|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for chefs and head cooks. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) chefs and head cooks is $78,570. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $45,950. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,020. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 214% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of chefs and head cooks from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of chefs and head cooks in 17 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for chefs and head cooks occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $66,260. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $40,860).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
From the above tables we note that not only chefs and head cooks salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of chefs and head cooks in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $22,000 to $61,880. The highest paying state for chefs and head cooks is New Jersey with a median annual salary of $61,880. The lowest paying state is Guam with a median annual salary of $22,000. For more salary information of chefs and head cooks profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|New Jersey|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|New York|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |