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Chefs and Head Cooks in Illinois

Want to work in Illinois as a Chef or Head Cook? Read this first!

13.3% Jobs Projection
$49,070 Median Salary
730 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Chefs and Head Cooks in Illinois are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Chefs and Head Cooks in Illinois is growing faster than average.

  • Chefs and Head Cooks in Illinois earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Chefs and Head Cooks Work in Illinois?

4,770 people worked as Chefs and Head Cooks in 2018 in this state.

There were 4,740 Chefs and Head Cooks employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 30 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 1,325 Chefs and Head Cooks working in it, which means Illinois has more Chefs and Head Cooks than average.


Job Projections for Illinois

Jobs for Chefs and Head Cooks in this state are growing at a rate of 13.3% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 9.6%.


Illinois Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 730 annual job openings, and 5,710 total jobs in 2026 for Chefs and Head Cooks in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 20,300 annual jobs and 160,600 total jobs in 2026.

What do Chefs and Head Cooks Make in Illinois?

In 2018 wages for Chefs and Head Cooks ranged from $29,360 to $79,840 with $49,070 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $14.11 to $38.39. The median hourly rate was $23.59.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $20.98 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $2.61.

The median salary in Illinois is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top Illinois Metros for Chefs and Head Cooks

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Chefs and Head Cooks.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 4,020 $50,550
St. Louis, MO-IL 690 $49,570
Champaign-Urbana, IL 100 $45,550
Springfield, IL 100 $46,760
Peoria, IL 100 $49,940
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 90 $42,540
Bloomington, IL 80 $48,310

Top States for Chefs and Head Cooks Employment

View the list below to see where most Chefs and Head Cooks work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 19,420 $46,360
New York 15,500 $52,010
Florida 11,150 $48,710
Texas 6,020 $50,580
Massachusetts 4,830 $56,070
Illinois 4,770 $49,070
Ohio 4,370 $40,270
South Carolina 3,630 $38,460
Arizona 3,580 $38,430
Nevada 3,450 $52,930
Pennsylvania 3,100 $57,500
Virginia 2,790 $53,000
Connecticut 2,640 $53,730
New Jersey 2,640 $66,790
North Carolina 2,460 $47,070
Maryland 2,290 $49,390
Wisconsin 2,240 $40,480
Michigan 2,160 $48,320
Georgia 2,060 $51,330
Tennessee 1,960 $45,890

Below are the states where Chefs and Head Cooks get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
New Jersey $66,790
Hawaii $63,810
District of Columbia $63,150
West Virginia $58,570
Pennsylvania $57,500
Delaware $57,340
Washington $56,450
Wyoming $56,150
Massachusetts $56,070
Connecticut $53,730

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