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What is a Cook?

Job Description & Duties All cooks not listed separately.

  • Assistant Cook
  • Falafel Cart Cook
  • Fraternity House Cook

Cook Employment Estimates

In the United States, there were 17,800 jobs for Cook in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 1,600 new jobs for Cook by 2026. The BLS estimates 2,700 yearly job openings in this field.


The states with the most job growth for Cook are North Dakota, Idaho, and New Hampshire. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Oklahoma, or Maine. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of a Cook

The average yearly salary of a Cook ranges between $19,420 and $42,700.


Cooks who work in Nevada, Connecticut, or Hawaii, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Cooks in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $31,540
Alaska $34,760
Arizona $30,410
California $33,910
Colorado $34,770
Connecticut $40,370
District of Columbia $34,060
Florida $28,110
Georgia $31,410
Hawaii $39,220
Illinois $28,820
Indiana $27,940
Iowa $27,590
Kentucky $24,910
Louisiana $26,350
Maine $28,670
Maryland $29,620
Massachusetts $33,950
Michigan $25,650
Minnesota $35,430
Mississippi $25,860
Missouri $26,890
Nevada $38,980
New Jersey $33,990
New Mexico $32,320
New York $32,800
North Carolina $28,520
Ohio $22,070
Oregon $29,040
Pennsylvania $28,640
Tennessee $22,880
Texas $23,770
Virginia $28,220
Washington $36,700
Wisconsin $22,950

Where do Cooks Work?


The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.



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