How Much Do School Cafeteria Cooks Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Institution and Cafeteria Cooks

Institution and Cafeteria Cooks prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$29940 per year
Hourly wage
$14 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$19,860 to $23,320 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$10 to $11 per hour

Entry-level Institution and Cafeteria Cooks with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $19,860 to $23,320 per year or $10 to $11 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Institution and Cafeteria Cooks to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $20 $41,580
Senior (Top 25%) $17 $35,020
Middle (Mid 50%) $14 $28,650
Junior (Bottom 25%) $11 $23,320
No experience (Bottom 10%) $10 $19,860

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
HI $21 $42,720
MA $20 $41,240
AK $20 $41,000
CT $19 $40,390
WA $19 $39,300
CA $19 $38,890
DC $18 $38,380
RI $18 $38,070
NY $18 $37,790
NJ $18 $37,040

Another simple way to increase your salary as an Institution and Cafeteria Cook is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like HI doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at HI might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid School Cafeteria Cooks are in the states of HI, MA, AK, CT and WA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Federal Executive Branch $46240 $22.23
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation $39490 $18.99
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities $39100 $18.80
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $38060 $18.30
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water $37780 $18.16
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services $37720 $18.14
Insurance Carriers $37550 $18.05
Scientific Research and Development Services $37070 $17.82
State Government $36700 $17.65
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging $36480 $17.54
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $36340 $17.47
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $36130 $17.37
Other Schools and Instruction $35800 $17.21
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $35520 $17.08
Offices of Physicians $34570 $16.62
Inland Water Transportation $34570 $16.62
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing $34360 $16.52
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $33960 $16.33
Specialty Hospitals $33900 $16.30
Real Estate $33630 $16.17
Warehousing and Storage $33420 $16.07
Technical and Trade Schools $33310 $16.01
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $32940 $15.84
Local Government $32580 $15.66
Management of Companies and Enterprises $32480 $15.61
Religious Organizations $32480 $15.61
Outpatient Care Centers $32110 $15.44
Grantmaking and Giving Services $32000 $15.38
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction $31350 $15.07
Traveler Accommodation $31200 $15.00

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