How much does a Cook make in the United States?

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50.7k salaries reported, updated at Nov 26, 2020
$12.05
per hour

The average salary for a cook is $12.05 per hour in the United States.

Most common benefits

  • Flexible schedule
  • Commuter assistance
  • Wellness program
  • AD&D insurance
  • Employee assistance program
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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for cooks

Most recommended certification

Food Handler CertificationTrending qualification.

earn +4.96% more

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.

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More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top fields of studyNutrition Degree+43.84%salary
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Nutrition Degree
+43.84%
3 jobs
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Culinary Arts Degree
+34.40%
130 jobs
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Top skillsCulinary Experience+12.32%salary
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Culinary Experience
+12.32%
8,809Company icon
Catering Experience
+11.14%
224Company icon
Menu Planning Experience
+14.61%
28Company icon
Food Preparation Experience
+5.03%
5,003Company icon
Food Handling
+5.25%
605Company icon
Top specialtiesAddiction Medicine+9.46%salary
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Addiction Medicine
+9.46%
79 jobs
105Company icon
Geriatrics
+5.10%
272 jobs
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Top certificationsFood Handler Certification+4.96%salary
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Food Handler Certification
+4.96%
4,024Company icon
ServSafe
+2.57%
3,174Company icon

Most common benefits for Cooks

  • Flexible schedule
  • Commuter assistance
  • Wellness program
  • AD&D insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Food provided
  • Flexible spending account
  • Referral program
  • Health insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Vision insurance
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Salary satisfaction

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30% of Cooks in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area

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Do cooks get paid hourly or monthly?

Most cooks in the United States get paid by the hour.

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