The salary of the cook will vary greatly depending on a lot of factors. If the cook is starting off as a cook, that is he or she does not have much expertise; then the salary might be less. For more experienced cooks the salary would be commensurate. If you want a cook to be an expert in one particular cuisine, then he or she might charge you more. Some cooks who regularly cook for four people, if they have to prepare for 10 or 20 guests will also ask you for extra money for all the extra cooking. If you entertain frequently, let the cook know so that he or she can offer a better competitive rate.