A Line Cook earns an average wage of $10.29 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.
Line Cook Total Pay (?
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$17,317 - $39,473
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MEDIAN: $28,204
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Line Cook Total Pay (?
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$8.22 - $13.40
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,317 - $39,473  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $504  
Profit Sharing
$1.07 - $2,433  
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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$17,306 - $30,220  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,972
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.22 - $13.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.58  
Overtime
$11.77 - $20.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $504  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.07 - $2,433  
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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$17,306 - $30,220  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,972
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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.
Pay by Experience Level for Line Cook
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
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San Francisco
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Philadelphia
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Seattle
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Las Vegas
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Portland
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San Diego
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Houston
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Pittsburgh
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National Average
$22,000
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Experience Affects Line Cook Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$22,000
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Gender
Female
20%
female alumni
 
Male
80%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 30% dental benefits Dental: 23%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 69%
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