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Lead Cook Salary

A Lead Cook earns an average wage of $12.43 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, wages increase modestly, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.

$20,488 - $41,325
(Median)
$20K
$31K
$41K
MEDIAN: $30,786
10%
50%
90%

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$9.28 - $15.82
(Median)
$9
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $12.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,488 - $41,325  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $875  
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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$19,596 - $36,010  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.28 - $15.82  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.47  
Overtime
$14.53 - $24.61  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $875  
   
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).
)
$19,596 - $36,010  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 435

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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.

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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 7%

Experienced
up arrow 5%


National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Lead Cook Salaries

Team Leadership
up arrow 9%

Order Inventory
up arrow 6%

Food Preparation
0%

National Average
$27,000

cooking
up arrow 2%

Leadership
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 7%

Menu Planning
up arrow 8%

Customer Service
up arrow 15%

Cleaning
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 46%