A Lead Cook earns an average wage of $12.50 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
Lead Cook Total Pay (?
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$21,356 - $39,732
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MEDIAN: $31,352
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Lead Cook Total Pay (?
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$9.48 - $15.63
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$21,356 - $39,732  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $496.65  
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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$20,167 - $35,676  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 214
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.48 - $15.63  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.09  
Overtime
$14.73 - $25.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $496.65  
   
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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$20,167 - $35,676  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 214
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Job Description for Lead Cook
A lead cook is normally a supervisory position in a kitchen. Depending on the organization, this person is likely not considered a full-fledged kitchen manager or chef. However, lead cooks normally have some of the supervision and oversight duties of these managers delegated to them. In many higher-end restaurants, the lead cook position is considered a stepping stone to a full-fledged managerial or chef position.
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Lead Cook Tasks
  • Answer guest questions about menu and preparation.
  • Modify processes for routing and meeting orders according to time and quality standards.
  • Stock and maintain all food stations, ensuring hygienic workspaces.
  • Oversee food handling and preparation throughout a kitchen.
  • Monitor and evaluate staff and coordinate break schedules.
Pay by Experience Level for Lead Cook
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
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Experience Affects Lead Cook Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%
Experienced
up arrow 6%
National Average
$27,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 2%
Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Lead Cook Salaries

Order Inventory
up arrow 6%
Food Preparation
up arrow 2%
National Average
$27,000
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 35 votes.
Gender
Female
33%
female alumni
 
Male
67%
male alumni
Years of Experience
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
19%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 47% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 50%
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