How Much Do Short Order Cooks Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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

Short Order Cooks

Short Order Cooks prepare and cook to order a variety of foods that require only a short preparation time. May take orders from customers and serve patrons at counters or tables.

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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
$27030 per year
Hourly wage
$13 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$18,550 to $21,670 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$9 to $10 per hour

Entry-level Short Order Cooks with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $18,550 to $21,670 per year or $9 to $10 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 Short Order 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%) $18 $37,210
Senior (Top 25%) $15 $31,170
Middle (Mid 50%) $13 $26,570
Junior (Bottom 25%) $10 $21,670
No experience (Bottom 10%) $9 $18,550

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
WA $18 $37,280
DC $18 $36,540
HI $17 $34,340
AK $16 $33,810
NY $16 $32,700
OR $15 $32,060
CA $15 $31,910
MA $15 $31,780
CT $15 $30,690
MN $15 $30,570

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

According to BLS, the highest paid Short Order Cooks are in the states of WA, DC, HI, AK and NY.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $34560 $16.61
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $32590 $15.67
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water $31950 $15.36
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events $31650 $15.22
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $31270 $15.03
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly $30440 $14.64
Special Food Services $30140 $14.49
Traveler Accommodation $29650 $14.26
General Merchandise Stores $29600 $14.23
Employment Services $29560 $14.21
Food and Beverage Stores $29500 $14.18
Local Government $29490 $14.18
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing $28680 $13.79
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) $28430 $13.67
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions $28140 $13.53
Spectator Sports $27960 $13.44
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers $27450 $13.20
Miscellaneous Store Retailers $27040 $13.00
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $26880 $12.92
Beverage Manufacturing $26580 $12.78
Vending Machine Operators $26460 $12.72
Restaurants and Other Eating Places $26390 $12.69
Amusement Parks and Arcades $26040 $12.52
Health and Personal Care Stores $26020 $12.51
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps $25090 $12.06
Civic and Social Organizations $25020 $12.03
Performing Arts Companies $24940 $11.99
Gambling Industries $24440 $11.75
Gasoline Stations $24030 $11.55
Motion Picture and Video Industries $23970 $11.53

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