The Average Salary of a Kitchen Cook
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The Average Salary of a Kitchen Cook

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    Fast Food Cooks

    • About 539,520 fast food cooks were employed in 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These cooks worked in fast food restaurants and were responsible for preparing a limited menu in short order. Fast food cooks earned an average wage of about $8.76 per hour or about $18,230 per year. The middle 50 percent earned about $8.52 an hour or $17,720 per year, while the lowest 10 percent made about $10.94 an hour or about $22,760.

    Institution Cooks

    • Institution and cafeteria cooks worked in hospitals, schools or other locations with cafeteria services. The estimated 383,540 cooks in this area earned an average wage of about $11.48 an hour or about $23,870 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those in the middle 50 percent made about $10.88 an hour or $22,620 per year, while those in the lowest 10 percent made an average of $16.36 an hour or $34,030 per year.

    Restaurant Cooks

    • Restaurant cooks are those who work in dine-in and other non-fast food or cafeteria restaurants. The estimated 898,820 workers in this sector made an average of $11.11 an hour $23,110 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The middle 50 percent made an average of $10.66 an hour or about $22,170 per year, while the top 10 percent of earners made about $15.27 an hour or $31,770 per year.

    Short Order Cooks

    • Short order cooks work in diners and other non-fast food restaurants that serve food quickly at counters or tables. The estimated 166,140 short order cooks made an average of $9.94 per hour or about $20,670 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The middle 50 percent of short order cooks made about $9.38 an hour or $19,520 a year, while the top 10 percent made about $13.62 per hour or $28,340 per year.



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