A Lead Cook earns an average wage of $12.52 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

$20,052 - $43,692
(Median)
$20K
$31K
$44K
MEDIAN: $30,613
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90%

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$9.70 - $16.08
(Median)
$9
$13
$16
MEDIAN: $12.00
10%
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,052 - $43,692  
   
Bonus
$51.06 - $2,936  
Profit Sharing
$497.29  
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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$20,384 - $37,291  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 52
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.70 - $16.08  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.55  
Overtime
$14.43 - $24.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$51.06 - $2,936  
   
Profit Sharing
$497.29  
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).
)
$20,384 - $37,291  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 623
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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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Experience Affects Lead Cook Salaries




National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Lead Cook Salaries

People Management
up arrow 10%

Knife Skills
up arrow 4%

cooking
up arrow 4%

Menu Planning
up arrow 3%

Team Leadership
up arrow 2%

Order Inventory
up arrow 2%

Training
up arrow 1%

Food Preparation
0%

National Average
$27,000

Leadership
up arrow 2%

Cleaning
up arrow 13%

Customer Service
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 44%
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