Restaurant Cooks in the United States take home approximately $10.14 per hour on average. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by geography and tenure. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Around one in four enjoy medical while slightly less than a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to a seventh. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$15,103 - $42,574
(Median)
$15K
$24K
$43K
MEDIAN: $24,437
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$7.82 - $13.82
(Median)
$7
$10
$14
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$15,103 - $42,574  
   
Bonus
$0.29 - $1,900  
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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$16,505 - $31,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 110
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.82 - $13.82  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.08  
Overtime
$10.08 - $20.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.29 - $1,900  
   
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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$16,505 - $31,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,521
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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Cook, Restaurant


Restaurant Cooks flock to Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Chili's Grill & Bar, Denny's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., and Olive Garden Restaurants, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. For Restaurant Cooks, comfortable salaries can be found at Marriott International, Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $29K, the highest in the area. Chili's Grill & Bar, Denny's, and Olive Garden Restaurants also offer top salaries for Restaurant Cooks. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $24K, $24K, and $24K, respectively.

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

Pay by Experience Level for Cook, Restaurant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average beginner in this position makes around $21K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $23K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $24K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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What is it like working as a Cook, Restaurant?

Cook, Restaurant in Carlisle:
Pros: Making the food look good for the customer. Trying out and perfecting new dishes that reach our menu every quarter. Enabling team members to run their own stations but motivate them to ensure we are meeting industry standards and setting new records if possible.
Cons: Long hours, hard physical labor at most times, helping the same people all the time, management seems to care less than I personally do at some times.

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Experience Affects Cook, Restaurant Salaries

Experienced
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National Average
$22,000


Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 216 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 26%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
medical benefits
Vision: 15%
dental benefits
None: 73%
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