The salary statistics of cooks are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of cooks in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of cooks within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The 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||$18,100|
|25th Percentile Wage||$20,330|
|50th Percentile Wage||$23,970|
|75th Percentile Wage||$29,200|
|90th Percentile Wage||$35,510|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for cooks. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) cooks is $35,510. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $23,970. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,100. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 96% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of cooks from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of cooks in 19 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 cooks occupations is the finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $31,530. The lowest paying sector is the wholesale trade sector (annual salary $23,470).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |