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.

$14,254 - $34,478
$14K
$22K
$34K
MEDIAN: $21,975
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$8.05 - $13.70
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MEDIAN: $10.16
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$14,254 - $34,478  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,036  
Total Pay (?
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$16,863 - $29,612  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.05 - $13.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.34  
Overtime
$6.16 - $20.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
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).
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$16,863 - $29,612  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 817

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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

  • 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.

Grill Cook Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Grill Cook?

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.

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.

Key Stats for Grill Cook

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 137 votes.
045
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Grill Cook Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$22,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 30%
dental benefits
Dental: 23%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 68%
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