Entry-Level Cook, Restaurant Salary

Earnings for Entry-Level Restaurant Cooks come in at around $9.52 per hour on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Medical benefits are awarded to close to one-fifth, and about one in seven earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Male Entry-Level Restaurant Cooks are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$16,476 - $37,180
(Median)
$16K
$24K
$37K
MEDIAN: $23,916
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$7.50 - $12.49
(Median)
$7
$9
$12
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$16,476 - $37,180  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $253.42  
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
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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$15,779 - $28,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 63
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.50 - $12.49  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.01  
Overtime
$7.71 - $18.86  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $253.42  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
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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$15,779 - $28,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 998
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 164 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 21%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 77%
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