Cook, Restaurant Salary

Restaurant Cooks in the United States take home approximately $10.25 per hour on average. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by the company and years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one-fourth, and slightly less than a fifth earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Most Restaurant Cooks survey respondents are men (71 percent). Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,641 - $47,429
$15K
$25K
$47K
MEDIAN: $24,785
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$7.90 - $13.88
$7
$10
$14
MEDIAN: $10.25
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$14,641 - $47,429  
   
Bonus
$0.27 - $1,745  
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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$16,641 - $31,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 111
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.90 - $13.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.82  
Overtime
$10.25 - $20.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.27 - $1,745  
   
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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$16,641 - $31,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,526

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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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Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Restaurant Cooks include Chili's Grill & Bar, Denny's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, and Sonic Drive - In. Restaurant Cooks seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Marriott International, Inc., where the average salary comes to $27K. Also paying near the top of the field are Cracker Barrel Old Country Store at $25K, Chili's Grill & Bar at $24K, and Denny's, where Restaurant Cooks annually earn $24K.

Pizza Hut, Inc., Bojangles, Inc., and McDonald's Corporation also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $16K, $17K, and $17K-paychecks on average.

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: $22,245

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

For Restaurant Cooks, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Restaurant Cooks will also find cushy salaries in Miami (+22 percent), Cleveland (+15 percent), New York (+15 percent), and Las Vegas (+14 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 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 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.

Key Stats for Cook, Restaurant

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 232 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Cook, Restaurant Salaries

Experienced
▲10%

Late-Career
▲10%

▲7%

National Average
$22,000

▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 232 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 26%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
vision benefits
Vision: 14%
no benefits
None: 72%