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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of restaurant cooks from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
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|
|New Jersey|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|New York|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |