Cook, Restaurant Salary

Earnings for Restaurant Cooks in the United States come in at around $9.89 per hour on average. Compensation ranges from $7.66 per hour on the lower end to $13.29 on the higher end. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and experience level are driving factors as well. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Around one in four enjoy medical while around one in six get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one in eight. Making up 71 percent of those who took the survey, male Restaurant Cooks greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$14,346 - $41,525
(Median)
$14K
$26K
$42K
MEDIAN: $25,817
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$7.66 - $13.29
(Median)
$7
$9
$13
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$14,346 - $41,525  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $498.57  
Profit Sharing
$0.18 - $411.16  
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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$16,117 - $30,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 113
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.66 - $13.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.50  
Overtime
$8.14 - $19.63  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $498.57  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.18 - $411.16  
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).
)
$16,117 - $30,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,485
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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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Restaurant Cooks include Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., Denny's, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Chili's Grill & Bar. Although Marriott International, Inc. heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $30K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $20K to $40K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Olive Garden Restaurants at $25K, Chili's Grill & Bar at $22K, and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, where Restaurant Cooks annually earn $20K.

Employees at Zaxby's, Shoney's, Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc can also expect below-average earnings of $16K, $19K, and $20K.

Pay by Experience Level for Cook, Restaurant

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $20K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $23K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $24K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $23K.

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Experience Affects Cook, Restaurant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$21,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 275 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 24% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 74%
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