Entry-Level Restaurant Cooks take home an average $9.83 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Entry-Level Restaurant Cooks who answered the questionnnaire. Between a fifth and a fourth enjoy medical while roughly one in seven get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one in eight. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$14,262 - $37,788
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MEDIAN: $23,931
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$7.59 - $12.83
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$14,262 - $37,788  
   
Bonus
$10.00 - $2,000  
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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$15,914 - $29,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 66
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.59 - $12.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.81  
Overtime
$8.60 - $19.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$10.00 - $2,000  
   
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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$15,914 - $29,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 943

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Known for taking on a considerable number of Entry-Level Restaurant Cooks, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Chili's Grill & Bar, Pizza Hut, Inc., Sonic Drive - In, and Zaxby's are leading firms in the industry. Entry-Level Restaurant Cooks seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., where the average salary comes to $23K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Chili's Grill & Bar, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Bojangles, Inc., top-paying firms where Entry-Level Restaurant Cooks rake in a solid $22K, $20K, or $17K, respectively.

Zaxby's, Pizza Hut, Inc., and Bojangles, Inc. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $16K, $16K, and $17K-paychecks on average.

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Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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"That because I'm an experienced cook I have to do multiple p."
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Key Stats for Cook, Restaurant

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 138 votes.
075
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
76%
5-9 years
17%
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 22%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 77%
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