The estimated total pay for a Cook is $40,990 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $38,249 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $2,742 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.
How accurate is this most likely Total Pay range (base + additional) of $35K-$48K/yr?
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For a Cook in United States
Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Cook in United States. Employers include Google, Apple and US Department of Veterans Affairs.
For Cook in United States
|3||US Department of Veterans Affairs||$42,376|
|5||US Air Force||$41,640|
|6||Tata Consultancy Services||$41,561|
|9||State of Michigan||$40,766|
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|McDonald's Cook salaries - 2,890 salaries reported||$15/hr|
|Pizza Hut Cook salaries - 618 salaries reported||$15/hr|
|Waffle House Cook salaries - 537 salaries reported||$15/hr|
|Sonic Cook salaries - 502 salaries reported||$14/hr|
|Panda Express Cook salaries - 499 salaries reported||$15/hr|
|Burger King Cook salaries - 454 salaries reported||$14/hr|
|Zaxby's Cook salaries - 390 salaries reported||$14/hr|
|Brookdale Senior Living Cook salaries - 320 salaries reported||$33,434/yr|
|Buffalo Wild Wings Cook salaries - 292 salaries reported||$15/hr|
|Sodexo Cook salaries - 279 salaries reported||$15/hr|
|KFC Cook salaries - 260 salaries reported||$15/hr|
|Chick-fil-A Cook salaries - 257 salaries reported||$15/hr|
|Aramark Cook salaries - 255 salaries reported||$15/hr|
|Wendy's Cook salaries - 228 salaries reported||$15/hr|
|Chipotle Cook salaries - 225 salaries reported||$15/hr|
|Wingstop Cook salaries - 209 salaries reported||$15/hr|
|Taco Bell Cook salaries - 206 salaries reported||$14/hr|
|Sunrise Senior Living Cook salaries - 183 salaries reported||$33,320/yr|
|Texas Roadhouse Cook salaries - 181 salaries reported||$32,590/yr|
|Applebee's Cook salaries - 169 salaries reported||$16/hr|
For a Cook in United States
The top 5 paying industries for a Cook in United States are Government & Public Administration with a median total pay of $40,954, Information Technology with a median total pay of $40,388, Transportation & Logistics with a median total pay of $39,399, Manufacturing with a median total pay of $37,038, and Human Resources & Staffing with a median total pay of $36,606.
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What is the pay outlook for Retail & Food Services?
Job openings are high in retail and food services as more Americans spend money at stores and restaurants. While retail and food services wages are lower than the national average, wage growth is higher. Jobs in retail and food services generally require little formal education or training, making these jobs accessible to most job seekers.
The average salary for a Cook is $40,990 per year in United States. Salaries estimates are based on 28062 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Cook employees in United States.
The highest salary for a Cook in United States is $47,625 per year.
The lowest salary for a Cook in United States is $35,467 per year.
If you are thinking of becoming a Cook or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of a Cook.
Cooks often work late into the night. Their wages vary by region and employer; however, pay is usually highest in upscale restaurants and hotels, as well as major metropolitan and resort areas. The highest-paid cooks typically attended specialized culinary institutes or apprenticeship programs, but there are instances where cooks with no formal training have opened successful kitchens. Cooks earning a salary can raise their income by investing in their own human capital to move to a higher-paying restaurant. Cooks who own their own restaurant can work to advertise their services and grow their customer base.
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