Restaurant Cooks Salary Information

The salary statistics of restaurant cooks are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of restaurant cooks within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The restaurant cooks annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Restaurant Cooks Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,170
25th Percentile Wage
$20,530
50th Percentile Wage
$24,140
75th Percentile Wage
$29,220
90th Percentile Wage
$35,090

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for restaurant cooks. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) restaurant cooks is $35,090. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $24,140. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,170. 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 93% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of restaurant cooks from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201624,1404.31%8.74%
201523,1002.64%-
201422,4901.47%-
201322,1600.59%-
201222,030--

Table 2. Restaurant Cooks Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of restaurant cooks in 16 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 restaurant cooks occupations is the transportation and warehousing sector with an annual salary $28,650. The lowest paying sector is the federal, state, and local government sector (annual salary $22,830).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$28,650
Educational Services
$27,370
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$26,710
Health Care and Social Assistance
$26,530
Construction
$26,480
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$25,910
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$25,420
Retail Trade
$25,140
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$25,040
Manufacturing
$24,840
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$24,460
Accommodation and Food Services
$24,050
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$23,970
Information
$23,210
Wholesale Trade
$23,100
Federal, State, and Local Government
$22,830

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Restaurant Cooks by States

From the above tables we note that not only restaurant 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 restaurant cooks in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,300 to $30,370. The highest paying state for restaurant cooks is Hawaii with a median annual salary of $30,370. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,300. For more salary information of restaurant cooks profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Hawaii
$30,370
New Jersey
$29,290
Nevada
$29,260
Alaska
$28,390
Vermont
$28,370
Washington
$27,760
Massachusetts
$27,650
Connecticut
$27,560
New Hampshire
$27,520
North Dakota
$27,220
District of Columbia
$26,860
California
$26,750
New York
$26,390
Rhode Island
$26,270
Minnesota
$25,610
Maryland
$25,480
Wyoming
$25,370
Maine
$25,330
Florida
$25,270
Colorado
$25,180
Oregon
$25,170
Virgin Islands
$24,890
Utah
$24,760
Delaware
$24,640
Arizona
$23,780
South Dakota
$23,620
Montana
$23,590
Illinois
$23,550
Wisconsin
$23,480
Pennsylvania
$23,430
Nebraska
$23,330
Virginia
$23,310
Texas
$23,010
Ohio
$22,560
Tennessee
$22,530
Georgia
$22,410
Idaho
$22,350
Michigan
$22,270
Oklahoma
$22,070
Missouri
$22,040
Indiana
$21,460
New Mexico
$21,400
Kansas
$21,210
Louisiana
$21,160
North Carolina
$21,160
Iowa
$20,890
Arkansas
$20,760
Alabama
$20,740
Mississippi
$20,550
South Carolina
$20,500
West Virginia
$20,390
Kentucky
$19,770
Guam
$19,220
Puerto Rico
$18,300


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