Restaurant Cooks represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $11.53 per hour — though Line Cooks, Prep Cooks, and Dishwashers also do fairly well at approximately $11.12, $9.00, and $8.84, respectively. On the lower end are Waiters or Waitresses at on average.
Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make around $10.70 per hour on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (39 percent) have been working for one to four years and make about $9.07 per hour on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($11.16 per hour) can be spotted in Atlanta, Ga.; San Antonio, Texas (around $10.92), Pueblo, Colo. ($10.15), and Tampa, Fla. ($9.83) are the next top-paying cities. Layton, Utah is near the bottom for pay at about $8.13. By state, Texas offers the highest pay at approximately $10.80 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified ServSafe Food Handlers earn about $10.75 per hour, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Chili's Grill & Bar provides the highest financial reward to those with a Bachelor's Degree — these employees rake in per hour.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Food Preparation; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of approximately $12.50 per hour.
Benefits and Perks
Over a third of workers plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. About one-half of workers can count on health insurance, and about a third of workers have dental coverage as a benefit. The list of perks also includes free drinks, a casual working environment, flexible hours, and life insurance.