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Cook, Restaurant Salary

Earnings for Restaurant Cooks in the United States come in at around $9.90 per hour on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $7.65 per hour to $13.27. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and years of experience are driving factors as well. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Approximately one in four report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to a sixth collect dental insurance. Male Restaurant Cooks are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$15,585 - $41,443
(Median)
$16K
$26K
$41K
MEDIAN: $25,505
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90%

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$7.65 - $13.27
(Median)
$7
$9
$13
MEDIAN: $9.00
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90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$15,585 - $41,443  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
Profit Sharing
$0.18 - $406.95  
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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$16,104 - $30,471  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate 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$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.65 - $13.27  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.17  
Overtime
$7.98 - $19.39  
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.
)
$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.18 - $406.95  
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).
)
$16,104 - $30,471  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,458

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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, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., Marriott International, Inc., Chili's Grill & Bar, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Restaurant Cooks. Although Marriott International, Inc. leads the field in pay with a median salary of $30K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $20K on the low end all the way up to $40K at the top. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Chili's Grill & Bar, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, where Restaurant Cooks typically earn around $22K, $20K, or $19K, respectively.

Shoney's, Inc., Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries, each pays $19K.

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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Restaurant Cooks make a median salary of $24K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $23K on average.

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Experience Affects Cook, Restaurant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$21,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 276 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
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 24% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 75%
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