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How much does a Cook make in the United States?

Average base salary
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43.8k salaries reported, updated at Jun 06, 2020
$12.14
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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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

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Nutrition Degree
+43.84%
3 jobs
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Culinary Arts Degree
+34.40%
130 jobs
265Company icon
Top skill
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Culinary Experience
+12.32%
8,809Company icon
Catering Experience
+11.14%
224Company icon
Menu Planning Experience
+14.61%
28Company icon
Food Preparation Experience
+5.03%
5,003Company icon
Food Handling
+5.25%
605Company icon
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Addiction Medicine
+9.46%
79 jobs
105Company icon
Geriatrics
+5.10%
272 jobs
544Company icon
Certification categories:
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Food Handler Certification
+4.96%
4,024Company icon
ServSafe
+2.57%
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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