Cook, Restaurant Salary

Restaurant Cooks in the United States take home an average $9.91 per hour. Compensation ranges from $7.67 per hour on the lower end to $13.28 on the higher end. While the particular city and tenure impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Making up 71 percent of those who took the survey, male Restaurant Cooks greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. About a fourth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in six collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$17,806 - $39,395

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$7.67 - $13.28

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,806 - $39,395  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $489.36  
Profit Sharing
$0.09 - $600  
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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$16,211 - $30,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 100
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.67 - $13.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.45  
Overtime
$7.93 - $19.62  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $489.36  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.09 - $600  
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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$16,211 - $30,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,485
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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

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

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cook, Restaurant


Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Chili's Grill & Bar, and Marriott International, Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Restaurant Cooks. Marriott International, Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $30K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $20K to a high of $40K. Olive Garden Restaurants, Chili's Grill & Bar, and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store also offer top salaries for Restaurant Cooks. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $25K, $22K, and $20K, respectively.

Also approaching the lower end are Zaxby's at $16K, Shoney's, Inc. at $19K, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $20K.

Pay by Experience Level for Cook, Restaurant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $20K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $23K. For Restaurant Cooks, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $24K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $23K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Cook, Restaurant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$21,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 271 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 25% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 74%
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