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 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$18,810|
|25th Percentile Wage||$21,380|
|50th Percentile Wage||$25,180|
|75th Percentile Wage||$30,150|
|90th Percentile Wage||$36,440|
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 $36,440. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $25,180. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,810. Take note 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 table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of restaurant cooks from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-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 $29,600. The lowest paying sector is the federal, state, and local government sector (annual salary $24,370).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|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 $18,320 to $31,930. The highest paying state for restaurant cooks is Hawaii with a median annual salary of $31,930. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,320. 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|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|New York|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |