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Cook - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "Cook"

How much does a Cook in the federal government get paid? $58,321.18* *Based on the 2020 average.

Cook was the 79th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 3,234 employed. The most common payscale was the supervisory pay schedules - federal wage system payscale.

In 2020, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Cooking, with an average salary of $46,603.

Government Cooking jobs are classified under the Federal Wage Schedule, Wage Grade (FWS) payscale. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This standard covers nonsupervisory work involved in the preparation of regular or special diet foods and meals. This includes cooking meats, poultry, fish, shellfish, and vegetables and making soups, gravies, sauces, desserts, and other foods. Cooks use standardized recipes and menus and personal knowledge and experience to measure, assemble, and mix ingredients; regulate cooking temperatures; and add seasoning to foods. They use specialized knowledge and skill to design and prepare decorated foods and aesthetic food arrangements. This includes techniques to mold food items into various forms, carve fruits and vegetables into various shapes, and create ice sculptures.

Agencies that have hired a Cook

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Veterans Health Administration 1,541 $46,603.40
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 1,357 $74,814.19
Indian Affairs 198 $40,873.33
Forest Service 97 $50,917.98
Indian Health Service 22 $50,447.50
Federal Emergency Management Agency 17 $59,334.71
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1 $65,156.00
National Institutes of Health 1 $48,940.00

Cook Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Cook is $58,321.18. The highest paid Cook made $96,232 in 2020.

Common Cook Payscales

Payscale Number of Cooking Employees
WS - Supervisory Pay Schedules - Federal Wage System 1,587
WG - Nonsupervisory Pay Schedules - Federal Wage System 1,166
NA - Nonappropriated Funds - Nonsupervisory And Nonleader - Federal Wage System 257
CY - Contract Education--school Year 171
WL - Leader Pay Schedule - Federal Wage System 23
NL - Nonappropriated Funds - Leader - Federal Wage System 21
NS - Nonappropriated Funds - Supervisory - Federal Wage System 7
CE - Contract Education--year Long 2


Average Cooking Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for a Cook was $42,128. Since then, the average pay has increased to $58,321 in 2020.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 7404.

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