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Institution and Cafeteria Cooks Salary Information

The salary statistics of institution and cafeteria cooks are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of institution and cafeteria cooks within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The institution and cafeteria 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 [1].

Table 1. Institution and Cafeteria Cooks Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,400
25th Percentile Wage
$21,190
50th Percentile Wage
$25,860
75th Percentile Wage
$31,810
90th Percentile Wage
$39,110

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for institution and cafeteria cooks. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) institution and cafeteria cooks is $39,110. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $25,860. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,400. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 112% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of institution and cafeteria cooks from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$25,860
4.29% 11.60%
2016
$24,750
3.19% -
2015
$23,960
2.17% -
2014
$23,440
1.15% -
2013
$23,170
1.34% -
2012
$22,860
- -

Table 2. Institution and Cafeteria Cooks Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of institution and cafeteria cooks in 18 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 institution and cafeteria cooks occupations is the information sector with an annual salary $33,990. The lowest paying sector is the wholesale trade sector (annual salary $23,030).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$33,990
Finance and Insurance
$32,690
Transportation and Warehousing
$31,390
Federal, State, and Local Government
$30,650
Manufacturing
$29,400
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$28,470
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$28,190
Construction
$28,150
Retail Trade
$28,030
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$27,250
Accommodation and Food Services
$26,720
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$26,240
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$26,190
Health Care and Social Assistance
$26,140
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$25,190
Mining
$25,040
Educational Services
$24,390
Wholesale Trade
$23,030

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Institution and Cafeteria Cooks by States

From the above tables we note that not only institution and cafeteria 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 institution and cafeteria cooks in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,210 to $37,600. The highest paying state for institution and cafeteria cooks is Hawaii with a median annual salary of $37,600. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,210. For more salary information of institution and cafeteria cooks profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Hawaii
$37,600
Alaska
$36,640
Connecticut
$35,720
Rhode Island
$35,290
District of Columbia
$35,200
Massachusetts
$34,990
Delaware
$32,610
Maryland
$32,530
California
$32,360
Nevada
$32,230
Washington
$31,960
New York
$31,840
New Hampshire
$31,510
New Jersey
$31,080
Minnesota
$30,810
Vermont
$29,950
North Dakota
$29,740
Oregon
$29,510
Maine
$29,120
Wyoming
$29,040
Wisconsin
$27,630
Virginia
$27,590
Pennsylvania
$27,490
Michigan
$27,220
Colorado
$26,980
Florida
$26,050
Utah
$25,910
Illinois
$25,810
Iowa
$25,600
Arizona
$25,550
Montana
$25,410
Ohio
$25,210
Nebraska
$25,160
South Dakota
$24,340
Kentucky
$23,930
Indiana
$23,910
Texas
$23,660
North Carolina
$23,650
Tennessee
$23,270
Kansas
$23,190
Virgin Islands
$23,170
New Mexico
$23,100
Idaho
$23,070
Missouri
$22,890
Georgia
$22,790
Guam
$22,620
West Virginia
$22,420
South Carolina
$20,940
Arkansas
$19,750
Oklahoma
$19,650
Louisiana
$19,490
Mississippi
$19,300
Alabama
$19,160
Puerto Rico
$18,210



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