General/Institution Cook Salary

A General/Institution Cook earns an average wage of $12.12 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases modestly, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.

$11,206 - $46,452
$11K
$23K
$46K
MEDIAN: $22,800
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$9.41 - $15.55
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$12
$16
MEDIAN: $12.10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$11,206 - $46,452  
   
Bonus
$50.00  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$19,020 - $34,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.41 - $15.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$14.91 - $25.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$50.00  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$19,020 - $34,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 257

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Job Description for General/Institution Cook

An institutional/general cook is a volume cook that is expected to follow a written menu to prepare a substantial quantity of food, making appropriate substitutions as necessary. An institutional cook might work in a long-term care facility (such as a nursing home or retirement village), a school, a daycare, a prison or jail, or another institution. In some environments, the cook must prepare specialized diets such as pureed food or thickened liquids. An institutional/general cook's work hours generally fall between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m., depending on the facility. A breakfast/lunch cook's shift might last from 5 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., for example, while a dinner cook's shift might last from 11 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

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General/Institution Cook Tasks

  • Prepare ingredients by washing, chopping, weighing, and measuring.
  • Operate cafeteria's equipment to cook and produce meals.
  • Maintain food logs, expenditures, and inventory.
  • Clean and maintain work area, utensils, and dishes.
  • Monitor food quality and test for doneness, serving in standard portions and presentations.

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Pay by Experience Level for General/Institution Cook

Pay by Experience for a General/Institution Cook has a positive trend. An entry-level General/Institution Cook with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 113 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A General/Institution Cook with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 82 salaries. An experienced General/Institution Cook which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 84 salaries. A General/Institution Cook with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 56 salaries.

General/Institution Cook Advice

Q: What is it like working as a General/Institution Cook?

General/Institution Cook in Maple:
"My Job."
Be able to lift 50 or more pounds daily, we make most of our food from scratch and the job is very physical every day, bending, lifting, pushing, pulling, dragging, on your feet all but 30 minuets..... It's a go go go kind of job.

General/Institution Cook in Palos Heights:
"Set goals and achieve them."
Make sure you realize that you will start out being bottom man on the totem pole and because this be stuck working and being in charge of a multitude of things you don't see more tenure cooks doing. In time hard work will pay off and hopefully never stop learning.

Key Stats for General/Institution Cook

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects General/Institution Cook Salaries

Late-Career
▲6%

Experienced
▲5%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
no benefits
None: 43%
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