Grill Cook Salary
Median pay for Grill Cooks in the United States is around $10.16 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and years of experience. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Grill Cooks greatly outnumber their female counterparts. 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 just over a fifth collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
|Salary||$14,254 - $34,478|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $1,036|
|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).)
|$16,863 - $29,612|
|Hourly Rate||$8.05 - $13.70|
|Hourly Tips||$0.00 - $1.34|
|Overtime||$6.16 - $20.85|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $1,036|
|Total Pay (||$16,863 - $29,612|
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").Read More...
Grill cooks are often given specific focus in a restaurant kitchen, as the foods they cook can be expensive, like steak, fish, or poultry. Because cooking these foods can take longer than other parts of an entree, grill cooks may also be responsible for calling out times on their tasks to other cooks on the line who may need to sautee, sear, or fry other parts of the dish. The grill cook's aim is to finish every part of an entree, and the entire table of entrees, at approximately the same time so they may be served hot to guests.
Grill cooks are often seen as a stepping stone for chef positions or kitchen management. It is an area of high responsibility which requires them to multitask at all times, and they must also keep track of temperatures of foods being cooked and monitor the grill's heat to avoid hot or cold spots. If the grill is fueled by wood or charcoal, the grill cook must also determine when more fuel can be added safely without causing charring or black marks.
Educational requirements are not strict for this position. Basic education, quick thinking, and communication skills are important for success in a kitchen, and many employers hold practical experience in high regard for this position, such as prior work on lines or in brigade-style kitchens. Because of the grill or broiler itself, working as a grill cook can be unpleasant at times with temperatures in the kitchen exceeding 90 degrees, even with air conditioning. Grill cooks typically spend most of their shifts on their feet in a commercial kitchen environment.
Grill Cook Tasks
- Follow recipes and processes to create standard food products.
- Plate and present meals.
- Monitor and update inventory, rotating and dating food supplies.
- Maintain and sanitize cooking and preparation area.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Grill Cook
Known for taking on a considerable number of Grill Cooks, Waffle House, Inc., Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Crackerbarrel, Bob Evans Restaurants, and Sodexo, Inc. are leading firms in the industry. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Outback Steakhouse, Inc. offers the most; Grill Cooks earn $26K on average there. Grill Cooks will also find cushy salaries at Aramark (+$26K), Compass Group (+$25K), and Sodexo, Inc. (+$25K).
Wendy's International, Inc., McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., and Jack in the Box, Inc. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $17K, $17K, and $18K-paychecks on average.
Pay by Experience Level for Grill Cook
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $20K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $24K. Grill Cooks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $25K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $24K.
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