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.
|Salary||$14,641 - $47,429|
|Bonus||$0.27 - $1,745|
|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).)
|$16,641 - $31,278|
|Hourly Rate||$7.90 - $13.88|
|Hourly Tips||$0.00 - $1.82|
|Overtime||$10.25 - $20.84|
|Bonus||$0.27 - $1,745|
|Total Pay (||$16,641 - $31,278|
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.Read More...
Cooks are often trained at a culinary school, receiving degrees in food preparation and related fields. Formal culinary training isn’t always required for restaurants; many cooks learn on the job under sous chefs or head chefs. Typically, fine dining establishments have formal educational requirements.
Although being a cook can remain a career in and of itself, there is room for advancement. Cooks often may be promoted to sous chef or even executive chef if they work hard and develop other qualifications such as creating a menu.
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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Cook, Restaurant
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
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.
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