Lead Cook Salary

A Lead Cook earns an average wage of $12.58 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

$18,121 - $41,800
$18K
$31K
$42K
MEDIAN: $30,625
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90%

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$9.79 - $16.13
$9
$13
$16
MEDIAN: $12.58
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$18,121 - $41,800  
   
Bonus
$49.66 - $3,020  
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$20,590 - $37,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.79 - $16.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.84  
Overtime
$13.49 - $24.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$49.66 - $3,020  
   
Profit Sharing
$500  
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).
)
$20,590 - $37,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 502
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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

  • Oversee food handling and preparation throughout a kitchen.
  • Monitor and evaluate staff and coordinate break schedules.
  • Stock and maintain all food stations, ensuring hygienic workspaces.
  • Answer guest questions about menu and preparation.
  • Modify processes for routing and meeting orders according to time and quality standards.

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Pay by Experience Level for Lead Cook

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,233

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Key Stats for Lead Cook

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Lead Cook Salaries

▲6%

▲3%

▲1%

National Average
$27,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Lead Cook Salaries

People Management
▲9%

cooking
▲4%



▲2%


Knife Skills
▼0%

National Average
$27,000


Leadership
▼2%

Cleaning
▼3%

Customer Service
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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