How Much do Cooks Make?

Do cooks make a lot of money? What is the average pay for cooks?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, cooks in the United States earn an average of $28,700 a year, equivalent to $13.80 an hour. Cooks make 46% less than the average American worker.

Cooks in Hawaii are the best paid, making $35,900 a year, while cooks in Mississippi make the least at $23,240.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Cook Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $18.62 $38,740
75th $15.67 $32,600
50th $13.36 $27,790
25th $11.31 $23,520
10th $9.60 $19,970
Cook Wages by State

In what states do cooks make the most? In what states do cooks make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $11.71 $24,360
Alaska $14.82 $30,820
Arizona $13.94 $28,990
Arkansas $11.34 $23,590
California $15.48 $32,200
Colorado $14.37 $29,890
Connecticut $15.23 $31,690
Delaware $13.59 $28,270
Florida $13.81 $28,730
Georgia $12.52 $26,030
Hawaii $17.26 $35,900
Idaho $12.26 $25,500
Illinois $14.03 $29,190
Indiana $12.13 $25,240
Iowa $12.35 $25,690
Kansas $12.02 $25,000
Kentucky $11.61 $24,160
Louisiana $11.77 $24,490
Maine $15.33 $31,880
Maryland $14.02 $29,160
Massachusetts $16.39 $34,100
Michigan $12.90 $26,820
Minnesota $14.72 $30,620
Mississippi $11.17 $23,240
Missouri $12.68 $26,380
Montana $13.14 $27,320
Nebraska $14.01 $29,140
Nevada $16.11 $33,500
New Hampshire $15.11 $31,420
New Jersey $15.90 $33,060
New Mexico $12.15 $25,260
New York $15.60 $32,450
North Carolina $12.62 $26,260
North Dakota $13.79 $28,690
Ohio $12.55 $26,100
Oklahoma $11.90 $24,750
Oregon $14.86 $30,900
Pennsylvania $12.87 $26,770
Rhode Island $15.06 $31,320
South Carolina $12.37 $25,730
South Dakota $13.33 $27,720
Tennessee $12.23 $25,430
Texas $12.55 $26,100
Utah $12.98 $27,010
Vermont $15.32 $31,860
Virginia $13.13 $27,300
Washington $16.51 $34,340
West Virginia $11.49 $23,910
Wisconsin $12.73 $26,480
Wyoming $14.69 $30,560
Metro Areas Where Cooks Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Kahului, HI $20.58 $42,810
San Francisco, CA $18.48 $38,430
Seattle, WA $17.22 $35,810
Salinas, CA $17.05 $35,460
Walla Walla, WA $16.82 $34,980
Napa, CA $16.81 $34,960
Portsmouth, NH $16.64 $34,600
Boston, MA $16.61 $34,540
San Jose, CA $16.57 $34,460
Las Vegas, NV $16.56 $34,440
Cook Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $13.80 $28,700
2018 $13.26 $27,580
2017 $12.71 $26,440
2016 $12.23 $25,430
2015 $11.74 $24,430
2014 $11.40 $23,700
2013 $11.27 $23,440
2012 $11.20 $23,300
2011 $11.25 $23,410