Chef Salary


How much do Chefs and Cooks Make?


Chefs and cook salaries vary widely by industry, region and experience. The average annual chef’s salary nationwide is $44,780, though actual salaries can be much higher or lower depending on the position and place of employment.

Here are average salaries for the most popular culinary industries, according to the US Labor Bureau.


Industry Average Salary
Full-Service Restaurants $42,420
Traveler Accommodation $51,900
Special Food Services $45,550
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $52,790
Limited-Service Dining $32,730


Here are the top 5 highest-paying states for head chefs and cooks, and their average salaries.

State Average Salary
New Jersey $61,960
Connecticut $54,870
Rhode Island $51,540
Delaware $49,080
California $48,610


Figures courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Employment & Wages database.

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