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Cook, Restaurant Salary (United States)

An average Restaurant Cook in the United States can expect to take home roughly $9.87 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $7.64 per hour and $13.23. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but years of experience and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Approximately one in four report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one-sixth collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Cook, Restaurant Salary (?
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$17,276 - $45,143
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MEDIAN: $26,386
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Cook, Restaurant Salary (?
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$7.64 - $13.23
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$17,276 - $45,143  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
Profit Sharing
$100.09 - $600  
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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$16,094 - $30,322  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.64 - $13.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.15  
Overtime
$8.07 - $19.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.09 - $600  
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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$16,094 - $30,322  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,542
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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

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store pays the most with a median salary of $20K, though there is little variation overall ($18K to $26K).

Pay by Experience Level for Cook, Restaurant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $20K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $23K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $24K in this role. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $23K by contrast.

Pay Difference By Location

Las Vegas
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New York
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Seattle
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Honolulu
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San Diego
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Orlando
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Chicago
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Cincinnati
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Phoenix
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Houston
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Tulsa
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National Average
$21,000
Denver
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Memphis
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Dallas
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El Paso
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For those looking to make money, Restaurant Cooks in Las Vegas enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 67 percent above the national average. Restaurant Cooks will also find cushy salaries in New York (+30 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), San Diego (+20 percent), and Honolulu (+20 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is El Paso. Workers in Dallas and Memphis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).
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Experience Affects Cook, Restaurant Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$21,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
30%
female alumni
 
Male
70%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 24% dental benefits Dental: 16%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 74%