How much does a Cook make?

Updated May 5, 2021

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$27,938 /yr
Average Base Pay

9,122 salaries

$20K

Low

$28K

Average

$38K

High

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The national average salary for a Cook is $27,938 in United States. Filter by location to see Cook salaries in your area. Salary estimates are based on 9,122 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Cook employees.

Seniority Levels

L2
Cook$27,938 /yr
L3
Cook III$31,613 /yr
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$25,655

per year

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$27,935

per year

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$26,599

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Sonic
3.2

Sonic

Cook

$21,412

 /yr
Range: $15K - $37K
438 salaries
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$15K

$37K

$14,674 - $36,715 Range

Waffle House
3.5

Waffle House

Cook - Hourly

$12

 /hr
Range: $10 - $23

$10

$23

$10 - $23 Range

McDonald's
3.5

McDonald's

Cook - Hourly

$10

 /hr
Range: $5 - $119

$5

$119

$5 - $119 Range

Brookdale Senior Living
3

Brookdale Senior Living

Cook

$28,723

 /yr
Range: $13K - $36K

$13K

$36K

$13,248 - $35,770 Range

McDonald's
3.5

McDonald's

Cook - Hourly

$11

 /hr
Range: $4 - $45

$4

$45

$4 - $45 Range

Applebee's
3.6

Applebee's

Cook

$28,980

 /yr
Range: $20K - $40K

$20K

$40K

$20,275 - $40,477 Range

Aramark
3.3

Aramark

Cook

$26,671

 /yr
Range: $18K - $56K

$18K

$56K

$18,465 - $56,420 Range

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Pizza Hut
3.5

Pizza Hut

Cook - Hourly

$9

 /hr
Range: $5 - $15

$5

$15

$5 - $15 Range

Pizza Hut
3.5

Pizza Hut

Cook

$21,189

 /yr
Range: $10K - $32K

$10K

$32K

$10,461 - $32,313 Range

Sunrise Senior Living
3.4

Sunrise Senior Living

Cook

$30,775

 /yr
Range: $26K - $39K

$26K

$39K

$25,646 - $38,944 Range

Sodexo USA
3.6

Sodexo USA

Cook - Hourly

$13

 /hr
Range: $9 - $23

$9

$23

$9 - $23 Range

TGI Fridays
3.5

TGI Fridays

Cook

$26,213

 /yr
Range: $24K - $35K

$24K

$35K

$23,696 - $34,563 Range

Texas Roadhouse
3.9

Texas Roadhouse

Cook

$27,697

 /yr
Range: $21K - $49K

$21K

$49K

$21,366 - $48,779 Range

Buffalo Wild Wings
3.5

Buffalo Wild Wings

Cook - Hourly

$12

 /hr
Range: $8 - $16

$8

$16

$8 - $16 Range

Sonic
3.2

Sonic

Cook - Hourly

$9

 /hr
Range: $7 - $26

$7

$26

$7 - $26 Range

Whole Foods Market
3.6

Whole Foods Market

Cook

$29,400

 /yr
Range: $25K - $44K

$25K

$44K

$24,882 - $44,341 Range

Zaxby's
3.5

Zaxby's

Cook - Hourly

$9

 /hr
Range: $7 - $12

$7

$12

$7 - $12 Range

Zaxby's
3.5

Zaxby's

Cook - Hourly

$9

 /hr
Range: $8 - $14

$8

$14

$8 - $14 Range

KinderCare Learning Centers
3.1

KinderCare Learning Centers

Cook

$22,352

 /yr
Range: $20K - $34K

$20K

$34K

$19,772 - $33,771 Range

Panda Express
3.8

Panda Express

Cook - Hourly

$13

 /hr
Range: $9 - $24

$9

$24

$9 - $24 Range

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Frequently asked questions about Cook salaries

The average salary for a Cook is $27,938 in United States. Salaries estimates are based on 9122 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Cook employees in United States.

The highest salary for a Cook in United States is $38,304 per year.

The lowest salary for a Cook in United States is $20,377 per year.

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Recent Salary Reports

Below are the most recent cook salary reports. Employer name has been removed to protect anonymity.

$11
hourly
A Grill Cook in the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX Area area reported making $11 per hour
Job Highlights
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$12
hourly
A Crew Member/Grill Cook in the Eugene, OR Area area reported making $12 per hour
Job Highlights
Eugene, OR Area area
Part-time
 
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
$14
hourly
A Mcdonalds Fry Cook in the Denver, CO Area area reported making $14 per hour
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Denver, CO Area area
Part-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$12
hourly
A Mcdonalds Fry Cook in the Detroit, MI Area area reported making $12 per hour
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Detroit, MI Area area
Temporary
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$11
hourly
A Cook in the Las Vegas, NV Area area reported making $11 per hour
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3-4 years experience
Las Vegas, NV Area area
Part-time
 
5001 to 10000 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
$9
hourly
A Sandwhich Artist in the Norfolk, VA Area area reported making $9 per hour
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Norfolk, VA Area area
Part-time
 
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Private
$12
hourly
A Cook in the Seattle, WA Area area reported making $12 per hour
Job Highlights
5-7 years experience
Seattle, WA Area area
Part-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
$9
hourly
A Cook in the Los Angeles, CA Area area reported making $9 per hour
Job Highlights
Los Angeles, CA Area area
Temporary
 
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
$11
hourly
A Cook in the Washington, DC Area area reported making $11 per hour
Job Highlights
Washington, DC Area area
Part-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
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