Cook, Restaurant Salary

Median pay for Restaurant Cooks in the United States is around $10.38 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by the company and experience level. About a fourth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to a sixth collect dental insurance. Male Restaurant Cooks are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Restaurant Cooks — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,583 - $48,204
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$26K
$48K
MEDIAN: $25,828
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$8.01 - $14.12
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$0$48K
Salary $12,583 - $48,204
Bonus $0.00 - $1,980
Profit Sharing $145.00
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,785 - $31,904
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 114
Hourly Data $0$21
Hourly Rate $8.01 - $14.12
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $2.02
Overtime $9.83 - $21.50
Annual Data $0$31K
Bonus $0.00 - $1,980
Profit Sharing $145.00
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,785 - $31,904
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,560

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Job Description for Cook, Restaurant

Cooks are restaurant workers who typically work under a head chef. They are responsible for preparing dishes, often from beginning to end. They must work with speed and precision as they often must push out food to customers as quickly and efficiently as possible while maintaining high standards of quality. Cooks are responsible for much of the cooking and assembly of a restaurant’s dishes. They also prepare, clean, and restock their stations whenever necessary. Cooks may sometimes supervise subordinates, and they may delegate certain tasks such as clearing or stocking a station.

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Cook, Restaurant Tasks

  • Follow recipes and product directions for preparing food.
  • Operate a variety of kitchen equipment.
  • Stock, date, rotate and check temperature of product.
  • Clean and sanitize work stations and equipment.
  • Taste products and keep records in order to accurately plan food production.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cook, Restaurant


Chili's Grill & Bar, Denny's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, and Sonic Drive - In are among the top companies that take on many Restaurant Cooks. Marriott International, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $27K. Other big spenders include Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Chili's Grill & Bar, and Denny's, top-paying firms where Restaurant Cooks see paychecks nearing $25K, $24K, or $24K.

Employees at Pizza Hut, Inc., Bojangles, Inc., and McDonald's Corporation can also expect below-average earnings of $16K, $17K, and $17K.

Pay by Experience Level for Cook, Restaurant

Pay by Experience for a Cook, Restaurant has a positive trend. An entry-level Cook, Restaurant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 969 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Cook, Restaurant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 495 salaries. An experienced Cook, Restaurant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 354 salaries. A Cook, Restaurant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 148 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $22,679

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Restaurant Cooks in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Restaurant Cooks will also find cushy salaries in Miami (+20 percent), Cleveland (+14 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Las Vegas (+12 percent). Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is San Antonio.

Cook, Restaurant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Cook, Restaurant?

Cook, Restaurant in Tucker:
"It is ok."
Pros: Talking to people and services.
Cons: The hours or working doubles.

Cook, Restaurant in Oconomowoc:
"Somewhat stressful, on my feet all day, need a bigger kitche."
Pros: I work well with others. I get to use my creativity.
Cons: Physical labor.

Cook, Restaurant in Tullahoma:
"Ok."
Pros: It can have it's good and bad days.
Cons: NOT taking time understand what trying to do.

Cook, Restaurant in Shelby:
"Fun, but harsh and very extrenious."
Pros: The fun environment and good people I work around, (Christian foundation)
Cons: I work at this chick fil a restaurant as a cook currently making $7.35 an hour, and believe that the owner does not treat our team members fairly. As I am 17 and more times than not I work until after 11pm on school nights. Some of my co-workers have worked there 2+ years and have yet to receive a raise which seems absurd to me, while our owner is rarely there when he is, is a harsh micro manager and seems only interested in profits for his own good, I really enjoy working at chick-fil-a because of the good environment and people I work with, and also the constant business and something always needing to be done. And I also believe I work my absolute hardest all the time for long hours because all breaks must be done with before 5 o clock and everyone in the kitchen closes, and I also believe no one is being appreciated or paid as they should be and worked until exhaustion, because I feel as if we need 5 people in the kitchen every night, but we only have 4 every night except Friday's.

Cook, Restaurant in Carlisle:
Pros: Making the food look good for the customer. Trying out and perfecting new dishes that reach our menu every quarter. Enabling team members to run their own stations but motivate them to ensure we are meeting industry standards and setting new records if possible.
Cons: Long hours, hard physical labor at most times, helping the same people all the time, management seems to care less than I personally do at some times.

Cook, Restaurant in Glendale Heights:
"ITS REWARDING, AND TRIEDSON."
Pros: I AM DOING SOMETHING I LOVE TO DO. I WORK MOST OF THE TIME ALONE SO I FEEL EMPOWERED AND SOMETIME STRESSED.
Cons: THE DISTANCE I HAVE TO DRIVE IN BAD WEATHER AND I MISS OUT ON EVENTS BECAUSE OF THE HOURS I AM HERE.

Cook, Restaurant in Fort Oglethorpe:
"It is an okay place to work."
Pros: Being the cook and being a team member for Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Cons: Cleaning up the resturant because of the pressure washing the floors.

Key Stats for Cook, Restaurant

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 303 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Cook, Restaurant Salaries

Experienced
▲8%

Late-Career
▲8%

▲5%

National Average
$23,000

▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 303 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 24%
dental benefits
Dental: 16%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
no benefits
None: 74%
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