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Cook Salary

$29,982 (USD)

Average Salary

$14/hr

Average Hourly

$447

Average Bonus

Last updated: November 22, 2019

The average pay for a Cook is $29,982 a year and $14 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Cook is between $23,425 and $35,230. On average, a High School Degree is the highest level of education for a Cook. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

ERI’s compensation data are based on salary surveys conducted and researched by ERI. Cost of labor data in the Assessor Series are based on actual housing sales data from commercially available sources, plus rental rates, gasoline prices, consumables, medical care premium costs, property taxes, effective income tax rates, etc.

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Description:
  • Cooks, prepares, and seasons soups, meats, vegetables, desserts, and other foodstuffs for consumption in eating establishments.
  • Reads menu to estimate food requirements and buys food from supplier.
  • Prepares soups, salads, gravies, desserts, sauces, and casseroles.
  • Bakes, roasts, broils, and steams meats, fish, vegetables, and other foods.
  • Adds seasoning to foods during mixing or cooking, according to personal judgment and experience.
Cook Job Prevalence in the United States

Job family: Cooks, Restaurant

Job family population: 1,340,810

Estimated population of Cook jobs: 125,567

Rate of error: 0.7%

Estimated salary in 2024:
$34,758
5 Year Change:
16 %
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About United States

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Description: The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US) or simply America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles (9.8 million km2), it is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe. Most of the country is located in central North America between Canada and Mexico. With an estimated population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the...

Cook Job Listings for United States

Wingstop Cook
Nov 22
Olathe, KS, USA
Wingstop Restaurants
A Restaurant cook is responsible to prepare quality food that tastes great and is consistent from day to day and follows Wingstop operational standards requirements. This position is critical to ...
Cook - $500 Sign On Bonus
Nov 22
Livingston, United States
Brookdale Senior Living
Then being a cook at Brookdale is for you! As a cook, you will nourish our residents' bodies and spirits with homestyle meals, just like family. Here you will have work-life balance with defined ...
Cook
Nov 22
Claremore, United States
Delaware Child Development
The cook will maintain records and implement the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) according to the State Department of Education and WCCCF/DCD policies and procedures. Work Location
Restaurant Cook
Nov 22
Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Smashburger
Cook Responsibilities: * Ensure that each guest has a memorable experience by preparing Gold Standard menu items in a timely manner * Be a menu expert, follow Smashburger's prep and menu recipe ...
Relief Cook (325111)
Nov 21
Huntley, IL, USA
Resort Lifestyle Communities
Overview Do you have a passion for scratch cooking? Can you do multiple things at once with a smile on your face? Would you enjoy enriching the lives of seniors? If you answered "yes" to these ...

The average pay for a Cook is $29,982 a year and $14 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Cook is between $23,425 and $35,230. On average, a High School Degree is the highest level of education for a Cook. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

ERI’s compensation data are based on salary surveys conducted and researched by ERI. Cost of labor data in the Assessor Series are based on actual housing sales data from commercially available sources, plus rental rates, gasoline prices, consumables, medical care premium costs, property taxes, effective income tax rates, etc.

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Cook - $500 Sign On Bonus
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