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.

$14,436 - $38,116
(Median)
$14K
$24K
$38K
MEDIAN: $24,019
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$7.55 - $12.81
(Median)
$7
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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
$14,436 - $38,116  
   
Bonus
$9.86 - $2,027  
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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$15,797 - $28,975  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.55 - $12.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.05  
Overtime
$8.14 - $19.53  
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
$9.86 - $2,027  
   
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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$15,797 - $28,975  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 926
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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.

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 134 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Common Health Benefits

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