Entry-Level Cook, Restaurant Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Restaurant Cooks lies in the neighborhood of $9.52 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Entry-Level Restaurant Cooks who answered the questionnnaire. One-fifth enjoy medical while nearly one in seven get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about a tenth. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$16,476 - $37,180
(Median)
$16K
$24K
$37K
MEDIAN: $23,916
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$7.50 - $12.49
(Median)
$7
$9
$12
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
$16,476 - $37,180  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $253.42  
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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$15,779 - $28,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 63
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.50 - $12.49  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.01  
Overtime
$7.71 - $18.86  
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 - $253.42  
   
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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$15,779 - $28,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 998
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For Entry-Level Restaurant Cooks, comfortable salaries can be found at Chili's Grill & Bar; in fact, median earnings sit around $23K, the highest in the area.

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 164 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 21%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 77%
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