How Much do Cooks Make in Kentucky?

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

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, cooks in Kentucky earn an average of $24,160 a year, equivalent to $11.61 an hour.

This is 16% less than cooks nationwide and 45% less than the typical Kentucky worker.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Kentucky Cook Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $15.71 $32,680
75th $13.14 $27,330
50th $11.04 $22,960
25th $9.36 $19,470
10th $8.38 $17,440
Kentucky Cooks Wages by Metro Area
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Bowling Green $11.75 $24,440
Elizabeth $12.21 $25,390
Lexington $11.75 $24,440
Louisville $12.78 $26,580
Owensboro $10.01 $20,820
Kentucky Cook Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $11.61 $24,160
2018 $11.02 $22,920
2017 $10.60 $22,060
2016 $10.26 $21,340
2015 $10.03 $20,860
2014 $9.82 $20,430
2013 $9.45 $19,660
2012 $9.50 $19,750
2011 $9.46 $19,670