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Cook - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Cook"

How much does a Cook in the federal government get paid? $53,091.22* *Based on the 2016 average.

Cook was the 82nd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 3,225 employed. The most common payscale was the supervisory pay schedules - federal wage payscale.

In 2016, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Cooking, with an average salary of $41,998.

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 1,363 $41,998.34
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 1,356 $67,757.61
Indian Affairs 213 $37,553.42
Indian Health Service 127 $47,044.37
Forest Service 119 $46,973.20
National Institutes of Health 17 $51,934.71
Federal Emergency Management Agency 15 $57,002.93
National Park Service 7 $47,148.29
Bureau of Land Management 6 $58,251.00
Agricultural Research Service 1 $57,163.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1 $58,165.00

Cook Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Cook is $53,091.22. The highest paid Cook made $90,367 in 2016.

Common Cook Payscales

Payscale Number of Cooking Employees
WS - Supervisory Pay Schedules - Federal Wage 1,578
WG - Nonsupervisory Pay Schedules - Federal W 1,105
NA - Nonappr Funds, Nonsuper, Nonleader, Fws 294
CY - Contract Education--school Year 187
WL - Leader Pay Schedule - Federal Wage Syst 26
NL - Nonappropriated Funds - Leader - Federal 20
NS - Nonappropriated Funds - Supervisory - Fe 14
CE - Contract Education--year Long 1


Average Cooking Pay Trend from 2004 to 2017

In 2004, the average pay for a Cook was $42,128. Since then, the average pay has increased to $54,054 in 2017.

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.

Federal employee salaries are public information under open government laws (5 U.S.C. § 552). FederalPay provides this data in the interest of government transparency — employee data may not be used for commercial soliciting or vending of any kind. Learn more about the FederalPay Employees Dataset here.

The series code of this occupation is 7404.

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