How much does a Cook make in the United States?
Salaries by years of experience in the United States
Best-paid skills and qualifications for cooks
Food Handler Certification
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 $12.05 per hour.
Top companies hiring cooks with the recommended certification
More critical skills and qualifications that pay well
|Top field of study|
Culinary Arts Degree
30% of Cooks in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area
Frequently asked questions
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How much do similar professions to cook get paid?
Do cooks get paid hourly or monthly?
Most cooks in the United States get paid by the hour.