Becoming a Line Cook via Online Education?

At the very least, online education can help you lay a foundation and/or open up alternate career paths. Penn Foster Career School, one of the highest ranking online schools, is a US school (accredited) offering cooking courses to train individuals to become top-notch chefs, cooks, sous chefs, line cooks, line servers, etc. Currently, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics there are 898,820 people employed as cooks, restaurant alone in America, and their average annual salary is $23,110. Cooks, short order make on average $20,670 per year and there are about 166,140 of them employed today. Colleges and universities like Penn Foster Career School that provide online education are successfully launching workers into this field.

Line Cook Salary Information

Category: Cooks, restaurant

Total # Employed in the US 898,820
Average Hourly Wage: $11.11/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$7.76 $8.86 $10.66 $12.78 $15.27
Average Yearly Salary $23,110
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$16,140 $18,430 $22,170 $26,590 $31,770
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
33.4% 43.0% 14.5% 4.2% 4.0% 0.5% 0.2%
Cooks, restaurant — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Indiana $14.64/hr $30,450
New York $14.05/hr $29,220
Florida $13.92/hr $28,940
Oklahoma $13.58/hr $28,250
Delaware $13.43/hr $27,930
Alaska $13.06/hr $27,170
Missouri $12.88/hr $26,800
North Dakota $12.78/hr $26,580
Utah $12.34/hr $25,670
Virginia $12.22/hr $25,410
Mississippi $12.13/hr $25,230
Colorado $12.01/hr $24,970
District of Columbia $11.99/hr $24,940
Puerto Rico $11.93/hr $24,820
North Carolina $11.83/hr $24,600
Hawaii $11.54/hr $24,000
Tennessee $11.32/hr $23,530
Michigan $11.28/hr $23,470
Nebraska $11.15/hr $23,190
Connecticut $11.06/hr $23,010
Wisconsin $10.73/hr $22,310
Guam $10.72/hr $22,300
Iowa $10.72/hr $22,290
Arkansas $10.66/hr $22,180
Kansas $10.61/hr $22,070
Montana $10.52/hr $21,890
South Carolina $10.38/hr $21,590
Oregon $10.37/hr $21,580
West Virginia $10.36/hr $21,550
Washington $10.28/hr $21,380
Massachusetts $10.22/hr $21,250
Idaho $10.2/hr $21,220
New Jersey $10.09/hr $21,000
New Hampshire $10.05/hr $20,900
Ohio $10.03/hr $20,860
New Mexico $9.99/hr $20,770
Kentucky $9.86/hr $20,500
Alabama $9.67/hr $20,120
Nevada $9.65/hr $20,080
Maine $9.61/hr $20,000
California $9.56/hr $19,890
Louisiana $9.52/hr $19,800
Pennsylvania $9.5/hr $19,750
Maryland $9.41/hr $19,580
Wyoming $9.33/hr $19,410
South Dakota $9.24/hr $19,220


Category: Cooks, short order

Total # Employed in the US 166,140
Average Hourly Wage: $9.94/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$7.38 $8.04 $9.38 $11.34 $13.62
Average Yearly Salary $20,670
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$15,340 $16,730 $19,520 $23,580 $28,340
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
33.4% 43.0% 14.5% 4.2% 4.0% 0.5% 0.2%
Cooks, short order — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Florida $13.2/hr $27,450
Indiana $12.28/hr $25,540
New York $12.2/hr $25,380
Alaska $12.15/hr $25,280
Delaware $12.13/hr $25,220
Oklahoma $11.85/hr $24,650
Puerto Rico $11.77/hr $24,490
Missouri $11.59/hr $24,100
Colorado $11.18/hr $23,260
North Dakota $11.02/hr $22,920
Michigan $10.64/hr $22,120
Mississippi $10.48/hr $21,790
Connecticut $10.29/hr $21,400
Tennessee $10.27/hr $21,370
Nebraska $10.25/hr $21,310
Arkansas $10.23/hr $21,270
Ohio $10.17/hr $21,140
Utah $10.08/hr $20,960
New Jersey $10.08/hr $20,970
Virginia $10.07/hr $20,940
District of Columbia $9.97/hr $20,730
Kansas $9.95/hr $20,690
Montana $9.77/hr $20,310
North Carolina $9.76/hr $20,290
Idaho $9.65/hr $20,070
New Mexico $9.62/hr $20,010
Pennsylvania $9.53/hr $19,830
Hawaii $9.4/hr $19,560
Oregon $9.34/hr $19,420
Louisiana $9.23/hr $19,190
South Carolina $9.15/hr $19,030
New Hampshire $9.08/hr $18,880
Iowa $9/hr $18,730
Guam $8.95/hr $18,610
Kentucky $8.95/hr $18,620
Wyoming $8.92/hr $18,560
California $8.87/hr $18,440
West Virginia $8.85/hr $18,410
Washington $8.76/hr $18,220
Maine $8.6/hr $17,880
South Dakota $8.58/hr $17,850
Massachusetts $8.45/hr $17,570
Alabama $8.32/hr $17,310
Nevada $8.14/hr $16,930
Wisconsin $8.07/hr $16,780
Maryland $7.89/hr $16,420


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