A Cook, Restaurant earns an average wage of $9.80 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases modestly, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Cook, Restaurant Total Pay (?
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$14,671 - $47,600
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48K
MEDIAN: $25,957
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Cook, Restaurant Total Pay (?
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$7.59 - $12.98
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$14,671 - $47,600  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $820  
Profit Sharing
$101.74 - $1,277  
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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$15,956 - $29,839  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,009
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.59 - $12.98  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.27  
Overtime
$8.95 - $19.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $820  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.74 - $1,277  
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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$15,956 - $29,839  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,009
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Job Description for Cook, Restaurant
Cooks are restaurant workers who typically work under a head chef. They are responsible for preparing dishes, often from beginning to end. They must work with speed and precision as they often must push out food to customers as quickly and efficiently as possible while maintaining high standards of quality. Cooks are responsible for much of the cooking and assembly of a restaurant’s dishes. They also prepare, clean, and restock their stations whenever necessary. Cooks may sometimes supervise subordinates, and they may delegate certain tasks such as clearing or stocking a station.
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Cook, Restaurant Tasks
  • Clean and sanitize work stations and equipment.
  • Taste products and keep records in order to accurately plan food production.
  • Stock, date, rotate and check temperature of product.
  • Follow recipes and product directions for preparing food.
  • Operate a variety of kitchen equipment.
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Pay by Experience Level for Cook, Restaurant
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
New York
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Honolulu
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Philadelphia
up arrow 18%
Seattle
up arrow 17%
Orlando
up arrow 12%
Chicago
up arrow 8%
Atlanta
up arrow 2%
Houston
up arrow 2%
Phoenix
up arrow 2%
Tulsa
up arrow 1%
National Average
$21,000
Memphis
up arrow 1%
Cincinnati
up arrow 3%
El Paso
up arrow 14%
San Antonio
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Experience Affects Cook, Restaurant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%
Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$21,000
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Gender
Female
29%
female alumni
 
Male
71%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 25% dental benefits Dental: 18%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 73%
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