Cook, Restaurant Salary

The average Restaurant Cook in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $10.37 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Close to one-fourth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one-sixth collect dental insurance. Most Restaurant Cooks survey respondents are men (70 percent). Most Restaurant Cooks are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$13,914 - $47,401
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$47K
MEDIAN: $24,723
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$7.97 - $14.01
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$0$47K
Salary $13,914 - $47,401
Bonus $0.26 - $1,900
Profit Sharing $30.00
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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$16,705 - $31,558
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 115
Hourly Data $0$21
Hourly Rate $7.97 - $14.01
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $2.05
Overtime $10.14 - $21.28
Annual Data $0$31K
Bonus $0.26 - $1,900
Profit Sharing $30.00
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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$16,705 - $31,558
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,583

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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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Restaurant Cooks. Marriott International, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $27K on average. Restaurant Cooks will also find cushy salaries at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (+$25K), Chili's Grill & Bar (+$24K), and Denny's (+$24K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Pizza Hut, Inc. at $16K, Bojangles, Inc. at $17K, and McDonald's Corporation, where $17K is the norm.

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: $22,527

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

San Diego is home to an above-average pay rate for Restaurant Cooks, 33 percent higher than the national average. Restaurant Cooks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Miami (+20 percent), Cleveland (+14 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Las Vegas (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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
30 %
Male
70 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 284 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Cook, Restaurant Salaries

Experienced
▲9%

Late-Career
▲8%

▲6%

National Average
$23,000

▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 284 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 25%
dental benefits
Dental: 17%
vision benefits
Vision: 14%
no benefits
None: 73%
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