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.
|Salary||$11,206 - $46,452|
|Total Pay (||$19,020 - $34,645|
|Hourly Rate||$9.41 - $15.55|
|Hourly Tips||$0.00 - $0.00|
|Overtime||$14.91 - $25.11|
|Total Pay (||$19,020 - $34,645|
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.Read More...
Shifts tend to be divided into breakfast/lunch and dinner. There is usually a dietary services manager in charge of ordering supplies, maintaining the budget, and writing the menu; in a long-term care environment, the manager might also be a morning cook. An institutional cook may also be responsible for supervising one or more dietary aides who wash dishes, clean the kitchen, and assist the cook with preparatory work.
No experience is generally needed to start in this position, though a general food service background is helpful. This job is usually physically demanding, requiring the cook to be on their feet in a hot kitchen for most of the day. They must also be comfortable bending, stooping, lifting, and carrying heavy items. They might also be expected to stand in one place for a length of time to serve meals.
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.
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.
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