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Line Cook Salary

A Line Cook earns an average wage of $10.36 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases modestly, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
$15,704 - $39,769
(Median)
$16K
$27K
$40K
MEDIAN: $26,967
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$8.27 - $13.52
(Median)
$8
$10
$14
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$15,704 - $39,769  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $488.03  
Profit Sharing
$35.48 - $3,945  
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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$17,405 - $30,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 174
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.27 - $13.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.49  
Overtime
$11.63 - $20.22  
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.
)
$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $488.03  
   
Profit Sharing
$35.48 - $3,945  
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).
)
$17,405 - $30,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,284
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Job Description for Line Cook

A line cook should possess excellent knife skills, as well as a thorough understanding of basic cooking equipment. Candidates should be comfortable working in fast-paced environments in which quality work is of the utmost importance. Because of this fast-paced environment, candidates should be strong enough mentally to handle large amounts of stress. Positive and energetic interaction with other team members is required. Light amounts of lifting (usually less than 20 pounds) may be required as well. Work typically is performed in an industrial-style kitchen. Applicants must be comfortable standing in one spot for a long period of time. Reading comprehension is critical, as line cooks will be expected to read and follow recipes with no mistakes. Applicants should be very comfortable working as part of a team.

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Line Cook Tasks

  • Clean and sanitize work stations and equipment.
  • Taste products and keep records in order to accurately plan food production.
  • Operate a variety of kitchen equipment.
  • Follow recipes and product directions for preparing food.
  • Stock, date, rotate and check temperature of products.

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Pay by Experience Level for Line Cook

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Line Cook Reviews

What is it like working as a Line Cook at Longhorn Steak House?

Line Cook in Florissant:
"Working with the people is fun, but the job not so much!"
Pros: In the time I have spent here, I have met hundreds of people, met friends, made enemy's, enjoyed relationships, and even made a life!
Cons: The job itself causes burns, wear and tear on your body, and can even stress you to the max. I even have health issues from working here too long!

What is it like working as a Line Cook at Marriott International, Inc.?

Line Cook in Fremont:
"Ins And Outs Of Hotel Lifestyle."
Pros: Working with gourmet and exotic food, the fast pace and challenges that make you a better chef.
Cons: The commute is the hardest and the petty drama that some non culinary staff members bring into the kitchen which stirs up conflict, also the work load for the time frame given.

What is it like working as a Line Cook?

Line Cook in Staley:
Pros: The thing that I like most about my job would be the people that I'm around they are like family. That's about it though.
Cons: Almost everything, they are unfair to their workers. Unprofessional and just run a bad business trying to save themselves all of the money that they can and make us work harder for nothing.

Experience Affects Line Cook Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$22,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 772 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 29% dental benefits Dental: 22%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 70%