Cook, Restaurant Salary

An average Restaurant Cook in the United States can expect to take home roughly $10.21 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and experience level are influential factors as well. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. One in four report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one-fifth collect dental insurance. Most Restaurant Cooks survey respondents are men (71 percent). Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$14,829 - $46,356
$15K
$25K
$46K
MEDIAN: $24,522
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$7.87 - $13.83
$7
$10
$14
MEDIAN: $10.21
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$14,829 - $46,356  
   
Bonus
$0.34 - $1,838  
Profit Sharing
$15.00  
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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$16,580 - $31,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 112
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.87 - $13.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.91  
Overtime
$10.20 - $20.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.34 - $1,838  
   
Profit Sharing
$15.00  
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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$16,580 - $31,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,568

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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


Restaurant Cooks flock to Chili's Grill & Bar, Denny's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., Olive Garden Restaurants, and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Those at Marriott International, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $27K. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Olive Garden Restaurants, and Chili's Grill & Bar also offer top salaries for Restaurant Cooks. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $25K, $24K, and $24K, respectively.

Also approaching the lower end are Pizza Hut, Inc. at $16K, Bojangles, Inc. at $17K, and McDonald's Corporation at $17K.

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 $21K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $24K. Restaurant Cooks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $24K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

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
▲9%

▲7%

National Average
$22,000

▼5%

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: 18%
vision benefits
Vision: 14%
dental benefits
None: 73%
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