Cook, Restaurant Salary

For Restaurant Cooks, hourly average wages total $9.88 per hour. Pay generally varies between $7.64 per hour and $13.23. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the specific employer and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Making up 71 percent of those who took the survey, male Restaurant Cooks greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Restaurant Cooks — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Nearly one-fourth enjoy medical while nearly one in six get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one in eight. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$16,289 - $42,574
(Median)
$16K
$26K
$43K
MEDIAN: $25,866
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$7.64 - $13.23
(Median)
$7
$9
$13
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$16,289 - $42,574  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $514  
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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$16,086 - $30,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 116
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.64 - $13.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.19  
Overtime
$8.08 - $19.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $514  
   
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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$16,086 - $30,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,459

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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 among the top companies that take on many Restaurant Cooks. Employees of Marriott International, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $30K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $20K to $40K. Also paying near the top of the field are Chili's Grill & Bar at $22K, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store at $20K, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, where Restaurant Cooks annually earn $20K.

Also approaching the lower end are Shoney's, Inc. at $19K, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. at $19K, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $20K.

Pay by Experience Level for Cook, Restaurant

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $20K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $23K. Restaurant Cooks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $24K. 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.

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Experience Affects Cook, Restaurant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Late-Career
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National Average
$21,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 279 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 24% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 74%