Pay for Grill Cooks in the United States sits in the ballpark of $10.09 per hour. While geography and tenure impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Most Grill Cooks survey respondents are men (76 percent). Just under a third enjoy medical while just under one in four get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-sixth. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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$8.01 - $13.58
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$14,254 - $35,886  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
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$16,759 - $29,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.01 - $13.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.30  
Overtime
$5.97 - $20.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
   
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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$16,759 - $29,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 774
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Job Description for Grill Cook

Grill cooks are kitchen employees who typically work in restaurants to prepare foods from a menu. They typically specialize in grill work, which may involve large flat griddles, gas or electric broilers, or flame-heated grills. In kitchens which specifically require a grill cook, they may serve on a team or brigade which coordinates with cooks who handle other areas of the kitchen (sometimes called the line, which is why these workers are collectively known as "line cooks").

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Grill Cook Tasks

  • 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


Many Grill Cooks can be found at Waffle House, Inc., Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Crackerbarrel, Bob Evans Restaurants, and Compass Group, firms that are at the top of the field. Sodexo, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $27K. Also paying near the top of the field are Outback Steakhouse, Inc. at $26K, Compass Group at $25K, and Crackerbarrel, where Grill Cooks annually earn $25K.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Wendy's International, Inc. ($17K), McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. ($17K), and Jack in the Box, Inc. ($18K).

Pay by Experience Level for Grill Cook

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $20K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $23K. On average, Grill Cooks make $25K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Grill Cook Reviews

What is it like working as a Grill Cook at Outback Steakhouse, Inc.?

Grill Cook in Canton:
"Work very hard and don't get paid enough."
Pros: Good kitchen crew. Hopefully chances for advancement and outback is a well known franchise.
Cons: I haven't seen promise or chances for advancement. They realize I'm a value employee but don't show it.

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

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National Average
$21,000


Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 30%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
medical benefits
Vision: 16%
dental benefits
None: 69%
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