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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Restaurant Cooks Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage 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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$25,180
4.13% 12.51%
2016
$24,140
4.31% -
2015
$23,100
2.64% -
2014
$22,490
1.47% -
2013
$22,160
0.59% -
2012
$22,030
- -

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 $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
$29,600
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$27,620
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$27,470
Health Care and Social Assistance
$27,420
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$27,260
Retail Trade
$26,120
Manufacturing
$26,030
Construction
$25,970
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$25,780
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$25,270
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$25,160
Accommodation and Food Services
$25,090
Wholesale Trade
$24,880
Educational Services
$24,870
Information
$24,490
Federal, State, and Local Government
$24,370

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 $18,320 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
Hawaii
$31,930
Washington
$29,600
New Jersey
$29,600
Nevada
$29,530
Vermont
$29,400
District of Columbia
$29,340
Massachusetts
$29,150
Connecticut
$28,330
California
$28,320
Alaska
$28,130
Rhode Island
$28,010
New Hampshire
$27,990
Virgin Islands
$27,780
North Dakota
$27,120
Oregon
$27,040
Wyoming
$26,800
Minnesota
$26,690
Delaware
$26,320
New York
$26,310
Nebraska
$26,280
Maryland
$26,140
Colorado
$26,100
Maine
$26,020
Florida
$25,930
Utah
$25,880
Arizona
$25,580
South Dakota
$25,490
Illinois
$25,060
Wisconsin
$24,090
Pennsylvania
$24,030
Texas
$24,010
Montana
$23,730
Ohio
$23,710
Idaho
$23,640
Virginia
$23,590
Michigan
$23,510
Tennessee
$23,360
Iowa
$22,940
Missouri
$22,900
Oklahoma
$22,850
Kansas
$22,820
New Mexico
$22,770
Indiana
$22,510
Georgia
$22,380
North Carolina
$22,340
West Virginia
$22,190
Alabama
$21,980
Arkansas
$21,850
Louisiana
$21,600
South Carolina
$21,050
Kentucky
$20,960
Mississippi
$20,330
Guam
$19,910
Puerto Rico
$18,320



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