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Cook, Restaurant Salary (United States)

A Cook, Restaurant earns an average wage of $9.86 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 Salary (?
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$17,263 - $48,366
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MEDIAN: $26,631
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Cook, Restaurant Salary (?
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$7.63 - $13.12
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$17,263 - $48,366  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $550  
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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$16,087 - $30,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.63 - $13.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.40  
Overtime
$8.33 - $19.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $550  
   
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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$16,087 - $30,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,605
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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

Las Vegas
up arrow 63%
New York
up arrow 27%
Honolulu
up arrow 20%
San Diego
up arrow 20%
Seattle
up arrow 18%
Orlando
up arrow 14%
Chicago
up arrow 9%
Phoenix
up arrow 5%
Houston
up arrow 3%
Cincinnati
up arrow 2%
Denver
up arrow 1%
Tulsa
0%
National Average
$21,000
Memphis
up arrow 2%
El Paso
up arrow 15%
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Experience Affects Cook, Restaurant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%
Late-Career
up arrow 8%
Mid-Career
up arrow 7%
National Average
$21,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 260 votes.

Gender

Female
29%
female alumni
 
Male
71%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 25% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 74%