Cook, Restaurant Salary

For Restaurant Cooks, hourly average wages total $9.89 per hour. Pay generally varies between $7.66 per hour and $13.30. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. Most Restaurant Cooks survey respondents are men (71 percent). Though the majority of Restaurant Cooks do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one in four, and about one in six earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$14,469 - $41,399
(Median)
$14K
$26K
$41K
MEDIAN: $25,516
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$7.66 - $13.30
(Median)
$7
$9
$13
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$14,469 - $41,399  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $504  
Profit Sharing
$0.18 - $411.16  
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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$16,112 - $30,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 116
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.66 - $13.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.55  
Overtime
$8.00 - $19.72  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $504  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.18 - $411.16  
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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$16,112 - $30,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,476
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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


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Restaurant Cooks include Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., Denny's, Chili's Grill & Bar, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Although Marriott International, Inc. heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $30K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $20K to $40K. Olive Garden Restaurants, Chili's Grill & Bar, and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Restaurant Cooks earning around $25K, $22K, or $20K at each firm, respectively.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Zaxby's ($16K), Shoney's, Inc. ($19K), and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc ($20K).

Pay by Experience Level for Cook, Restaurant

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $20K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $23K. Restaurant Cooks see a median salary of $24K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $23K.

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Experience Affects Cook, Restaurant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$21,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 275 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
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 24% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 74%
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