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Cook salary in Louisville, KY 40291

How much does a Cook make in Kentucky?

Average base salary

$13.37
10%
below national average
Average $13.37
Low $9.91
High $18.05
Non-cash benefit
401(k)
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The average salary for a cook is $13.37 per hour in Kentucky. 2.8k salaries reported, updated at November 29, 2022

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Salaries by years of experience in Kentucky

Years of experiencePer hour
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1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
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Top companies for Cooks in Louisville, KY 40291

  1. TreeHouse Foods
    2.9
    441 reviews32 salaries reported
    $19.96per hour
  2. $17.23per hour
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Highest paying cities for Cooks near Louisville, KY 40291

  1. Louisville, KY
    $15.11 per hour
    442 salaries reported
  2. Lexington, KY
    $13.54 per hour
    410 salaries reported
  3. Florence, KY
    $13.31 per hour
    60 salaries reported
  1. Owensboro, KY
    $13.16 per hour
    25 salaries reported
  2. Paducah, KY
    $13.03 per hour
    41 salaries reported
  3. Richmond, KY
    $12.80 per hour
    72 salaries reported
  1. Bowling Green, KY
    $12.44 per hour
    55 salaries reported
  2. Elizabethtown, KY
    $12.17 per hour
    35 salaries reported
  3. Hopkinsville, KY
    $12.12 per hour
    7 salaries reported
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Where can a Cook earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Cooks

Most recommended certification

Food Handler Certification

(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 $13.37 per hour.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this certificationChange from previous year
201015increase by 15
201110decrease by 33.33%
201214998increase by 149880.00%
201354370increase by 262.52%
201477834increase by 43.16%
201543782decrease by 43.75%
201662539increase by 42.84%
201774933increase by 19.82%
201891288increase by 21.83%
201994491increase by 3.51%

Top companies hiring Cooks with the recommended certification

The Recovery Center
Aimbridge Hospitality
Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe
SEAFOOD LADY
CHI
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Top fields of study
Nutrition Degree
+43.84%salary
Top skills
Culinary Experience
+12.32%salary
Top specialties
Addiction Medicine
+9.46%salary

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

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Most common benefits for Cooks

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • 403(b)
  • AD&D insurance
  • Childcare
  • Commuter assistance
  • Continuing education credits
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Food provided
  • Free parking
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid time off
  • Paid training
  • Parental leave
  • Pet insurance
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
  • Wellness program
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 46,690 ratings

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

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Common questions about salaries for a Cook

How can I know if I am being paid fairly as a cook?

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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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