Entry-Level Cook, Restaurant Salary
Entry-Level Restaurant Cooks take home an average $9.76 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Just under a fourth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to one-seventh collect dental insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Entry-Level Restaurant Cooks who answered the questionnnaire. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Cook, Restaurant
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Chili's Grill & Bar, Pizza Hut, Inc., Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., and Sonic Drive - In are all popular places to work. The biggest paychecks can be found at Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. — the median salary there is $22K. Also paying near the top of the field are Chili's Grill & Bar at $22K, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $20K, and Pizza Hut, Inc., where Entry-Level Restaurant Cooks annually earn $17K.
Zaxby's, Bojangles, Inc., and Pizza Hut, Inc. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $16K, $17K, and $17K-paychecks on average.