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Cook, Restaurant Salary

Restaurant Cooks in the United States take home an average $9.90 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $7.64 per hour and $13.27. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Restaurant Cooks — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to one-fourth, and one in six earn dental coverage. 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 snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$15,514 - $41,816
(Median)
$16K
$26K
$42K
MEDIAN: $25,850
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$7.64 - $13.27
(Median)
$7
$9
$13
MEDIAN: $9.00
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50%
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
$15,514 - $41,816  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $506  
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 - $30,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.64 - $13.27  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.21  
Overtime
$7.92 - $19.36  
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 - $506  
   
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).
)
$16,086 - $30,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,462
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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


Many Restaurant Cooks can be found at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., Denny's, Marriott International, Inc., and Olive Garden Restaurants, firms that are at the top of the field. Restaurant Cooks seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Marriott International, Inc., where the median salary comes to $30K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($20K) and those starting out ($40K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Soaring salaries can also be found at Olive Garden Restaurants, Chili's Grill & Bar, and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, where earnings of $25K, $22K, or $20K are standard for Restaurant Cooks.

Workers at Shoney's, Inc., Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for each of these employers come to $19K.

Pay by Experience Level for Cook, Restaurant

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $20K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $23K. Restaurant Cooks see a median salary of $24K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $23K.

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Experience Affects Cook, Restaurant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$21,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 274 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

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