Cook, Restaurant Salary

Average Restaurant Cooks in the United States make around $9.98 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $7.69 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $13.47. While geography and tenure impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Male Restaurant Cooks are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Approximately one-fourth enjoy medical while slightly less than one-fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one in seven. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$17,225 - $37,259
(Median)
$17K
$24K
$37K
MEDIAN: $24,411
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$7.69 - $13.47
(Median)
$7
$10
$13
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary 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$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$17,225 - $37,259  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $360.65  
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
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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$16,313 - $30,512  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.69 - $13.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.31  
Overtime
$7.94 - $19.75  
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 - $360.65  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
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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$16,313 - $30,512  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,723
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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, Chili's Grill & Bar, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., Denny's, and Olive Garden Restaurants are top-notch employers for Restaurant Cooks in this area. For Restaurant Cooks, comfortable salaries can be found at Marriott International, Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $31K, the highest in the area. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Olive Garden Restaurants, Chili's Grill & Bar, and Denny's, where Restaurant Cooks typically earn around $25K, $24K, or $22K, respectively.

Workers at Zaxby's, Pizza Hut, Inc., and Waffle House, Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $16K, $17K, and $18K respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Cook, Restaurant

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $20K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $23K. Restaurant Cooks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $24K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $23K.

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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.

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Experience Affects Cook, Restaurant Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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National Average
$21,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 292 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
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 26%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
medical benefits
Vision: 14%
dental benefits
None: 73%
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