Grill Cook Salary

Grill Cooks in the United States pull down an average of $9.85 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though years of experience and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Just under one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to a fourth collect dental insurance.

$14,544 - $28,130
(Median)
$15K
$19K
$28K
MEDIAN: $19,172
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$7.88 - $12.94
(Median)
$7
$9
$13
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$10K$20K$30K
Salary
$14,544 - $28,130  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $986  
Total Pay (?
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$16,472 - $27,894  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.88 - $12.94  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.50  
Overtime
$8.56 - $19.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $986  
   
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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$16,472 - $27,894  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 592
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Job Description for Grill Cook

  • Monitor and update inventory, rotating and dating food supplies.
  • Maintain and sanitize cooking and preparation area.
  • Follow recipes and processes to create standard food products.
  • Plate and present meals.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Grill Cook


Dominating the field, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Waffle House, Inc., Bob Evans Restaurants, Compass Group, and McDonald's Corporation are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Grill Cooks. Sodexo, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $28K. Compass Group, Aramark, and Crackerbarrel also offer top salaries for Grill Cooks. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $25K, $22K, and $22K, respectively.

Also approaching the lower end are McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. at $16K, Waffle House, Inc. at $18K, and Bob Evans Restaurants at $19K.

Pay by Experience Level for Grill Cook

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


For Grill Cooks, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $19K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $22K. Grill Cooks see a median salary of $23K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $24K.

Grill Cook Reviews

What is it like working as a Grill Cook?

Grill Cook in Birmingham:
"Working as a grill cook demands attentiveness and detail."
Pros: Grill cooks are popular people. Everyone likes it when you give them your undivided attention. You prepare their food just the way they like it, or even better than they could have imagined. Maintain your professionalism at all times. Customers appreciation and satisfaction of a job well done. The cohesiveness with co-workers are almost like family. When you work well with one another, the job is seamless and the day passes quickly.
Cons: Although sanitation mandatory in a kitchen, the clean-up afterward can sometime get to you. Also, food prep., I.e., chopping, dicing, can cause anxiety because you expose yourself to injury.

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Experience Affects Grill Cook Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 31%
dental benefits
Dental: 24%
medical benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 66%
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