Entry-Level Cook, Restaurant Salary

Entry-Level Restaurant Cooks can expect to earn an average of $9.29 per hour. 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. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. 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.

$13,054 - $40,308
(Median)
$13K
$25K
$40K
MEDIAN: $24,774
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$7.46 - $12.37
(Median)
$7
$9
$12
MEDIAN: $9.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$13,054 - $40,308  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $256.39  
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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$15,569 - $28,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.46 - $12.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.70  
Overtime
$7.78 - $18.54  
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.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $256.39  
   
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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$15,569 - $28,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 827
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 151 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 20% dental benefits Dental: 14%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 79%
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