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

8.3% Jobs Projection
$49,390 Median Salary
350 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Chefs and Head Cooks Work in Maryland?

In Maryland, there were 2,290 people working as Chefs and Head Cooks in the year 2018.

There were 2,330 Chefs and Head Cooks employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 40 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for Maryland

Jobs for Chefs and Head Cooks in this state are growing at a rate of 8.3% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 9.6%.


Maryland Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 350 annual job openings, and a total of 3,000 jobs for Maryland Chefs and Head Cooks in 2026.

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

What do Chefs and Head Cooks Make in Maryland?

In 2018 wages for Chefs and Head Cooks ranged from $27,870 to $83,220 with $49,390 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $13.4 to $40.01. The median hourly rate was $23.75.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $21.53 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $2.22.

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


Top Maryland 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
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,030 $57,850
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,110 $61,030
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,310 $40,800
Salisbury, MD-DE 120 $55,930
Cumberland, MD-WV 30 $25,640

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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