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How much does a Cook make in the United States?

Average base salary
43.8k salaries reported, updated at Jun 06, 2020
per hour
The average salary for a cook is $12.14 per hour in the United States.
Most common benefits
  • Flexible schedule
  • Employee discount
  • Food provided
  • Paid time off
  • Health insurance

Salaries by years of experience in the United States

Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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Where can a Cook earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for cooks

Most recommended certification

Food Handler Certificationdimension-trending-icon

earn +4.96% more

The jobs requiring this certification have increase by 3.51% since 2018. Cooks with this certification earn +4.96% more than the average base salary, which is $12.14 per hour.

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More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Field of study categories:
Top field of study
Job openings
Nutrition Degree
3 jobs
10Company icon
Culinary Arts Degree
130 jobs
265Company icon
Top skill
Job openings
Culinary Experience
8,809Company icon
Catering Experience
224Company icon
Menu Planning Experience
28Company icon
Food Preparation Experience
5,003Company icon
Food Handling
605Company icon
Specialty categories:
Top specialty
Job openings
Addiction Medicine
79 jobs
105Company icon
272 jobs
544Company icon
Certification categories:
Top certification
Job openings
Food Handler Certification
4,024Company icon
3,174Company icon

Most common benefits for Cooks

  • Flexible schedule
  • Employee discount
  • Food provided
  • Paid time off
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Employee assistance program
  • 401(k)
  • Life insurance
  • Retirement plan

Salary satisfaction

Based on 46,690 ratings

30% of Cooks in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area

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