Entry-Level Cook, Restaurant Salary

Entry-Level Restaurant Cooks pull down an average of $9.85 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Just under one in four enjoy medical while one in seven get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one in eight. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male Entry-Level Restaurant Cooks greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,024 - $37,461
$14K
$24K
$37K
MEDIAN: $23,840
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$7.62 - $12.79
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MEDIAN: $9.85
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$14,024 - $37,461  
   
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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$15,969 - $29,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.62 - $12.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.78  
Overtime
$8.39 - $19.42  
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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$15,969 - $29,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 904
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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Chili's Grill & Bar, Pizza Hut, Inc., Sonic Drive - In, and Zaxby's are among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level Restaurant Cooks. For Entry-Level Restaurant Cooks, comfortable salaries can be found at Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $23K, the highest in the area. Chili's Grill & Bar, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Bojangles, Inc. also offer top salaries for Entry-Level Restaurant Cooks. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $22K, $20K, and $17K, respectively.

Employees at Zaxby's, Pizza Hut, Inc., and Bojangles, Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $16K, $16K, and $17K.

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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 132 votes.
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 132 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 23%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 76%
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