Grill Cook Salary

Average Grill Cooks in the United States make around $9.85 per hour. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and geographic location are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to just under one in three, and nearly one in four earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$14,544 - $28,130
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$19K
$28K
MEDIAN: $19,172
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$7.88 - $12.94
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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


Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Waffle House, Inc., Bob Evans Restaurants, Compass Group, and McDonald's Corporation are all popular places to work. Grill Cooks seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Sodexo, Inc., where the average salary comes to $28K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Compass Group at $25K, Aramark at $22K, and Crackerbarrel, where Grill Cooks annually earn $22K.

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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Grill Cooks — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $19K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $22K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Grill Cooks make a median salary of $23K. Grill Cooks who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $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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