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Life As a Cook

Career Description All cooks not listed separately.

Other Cook Job Titles

  • Assistant Cook
  • Falafel Cart Cook
  • Fraternity House Cook

What Kind of Cook Job Opportunities Are There?

In the United States, there were 17,800 jobs for Cooks in 2016.

New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9% which is lower than average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 1,600 new jobs for Cooks by 2026. The BLS estimates 2,700 yearly job openings in this field per year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Cooks in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Cooks are California, Florida, and Iowa.

Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Oklahoma, or Maine. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Cook Salary

Cooks Make between $19,420 and $42,700 a year. The median salary for this occupation is $28,650.

Salary Ranges for Cooks

How much do Cooks make in different U.S. states?

Annual Mean Salary by State
State Annual Mean Salary

Connecticut

$40,370

Hawaii

$39,220

Nevada

$38,980

Washington

$36,700

Minnesota

$35,430

Colorado

$34,770

Alaska

$34,760

District of Columbia

$34,060

New Jersey

$33,990

Massachusetts

$33,950

California

$33,910

New York

$32,800

New Mexico

$32,320

Alabama

$31,540

Georgia

$31,410

Arizona

$30,410

Maryland

$29,620

Oregon

$29,040

Illinois

$28,820

Maine

$28,670

Pennsylvania

$28,640

North Carolina

$28,520

Virginia

$28,220

Florida

$28,110

Indiana

$27,940

Iowa

$27,590

Missouri

$26,890

Louisiana

$26,350

Mississippi

$25,860

Michigan

$25,650

Kentucky

$24,910

Texas

$23,770

Wisconsin

$22,950

Tennessee

$22,880

Ohio

$22,070

Where Cooks Are Employed

Cook Sectors

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Factual

O*NET Online

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