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.

$20,206 - $42,282
$20K
$31K
$42K
MEDIAN: $31,123
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50%
90%

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$9.86 - $16.17
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$13
$16
MEDIAN: $12.63
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$0$42K
Salary $20,206 - $42,282
Bonus $48.94 - $3,064
Profit Sharing $3,675
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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$20,656 - $37,420
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 28
Hourly Data $0$24
Hourly Rate $9.86 - $16.17
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $1.34
Overtime $14.57 - $24.51
Annual Data $0$37K
Bonus $48.94 - $3,064
Profit Sharing $3,675
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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$20,656 - $37,420
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 384

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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

Pay by Experience for a Lead Cook has a positive trend. An entry-level Lead Cook with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 182 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Lead Cook with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 208 salaries. An experienced Lead Cook which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 184 salaries. A Lead Cook with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 93 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,263

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Lead Cook Reviews

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

Lead Cook in Charleston:
"Corporate franchise restauarunt."
Pros: When we're busy and the line has a good flow and we're cranking out food. I feel in control and unstoppable. I find peace in food preparation, its a calming activity for me.
Cons: I feel there is a gender inequality; I get treated different and paid less than the men. I am being overworked and am feeling burned out and depressed. I feel discouraged about any opportunity to move up. I don't like most of the people I work with. I feel like I am working hard to make rich people richer.

Lead Cook in New Hope:
"National School Lunch Program Waist of Time."
Pros: Being at my son's school and on his schedual. The school staff including teachers, maintenance staff etc. Also the opportunity I had to coach track & field and cross country. Getting to know the students my son attends school with.
Cons: Not enough time to do quality work. Extra paper work due to government 's School Lunch Program. Staff disgruntled due to hourly wages.

Lead Cook in Dallas:
Pros: Good food, great employees, friendly environment.
Cons: Labor intensive, uncomfortable work conditions,

Lead Cook in Sacramento:
Pros: Residents love the food I make and show me their gratitude.
Cons: No standards.

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Key Stats for Lead Cook

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 80 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
19%
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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 80 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
no benefits
None: 46%
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