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Prep Cook Salary

Pay for Prep Cooks in the United States sits in the ballpark of $9.80 per hour. Pay ranges from $7.96 per hour on the low end to $12.58 on the high end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the company and years of experience. Roughly one in four enjoy medical while one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one in six. Men make up a slight majority of Prep Cooks (55 percent) who responded to the survey. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$17,710 - $41,341
(Median)
$18K
$24K
$41K
MEDIAN: $23,623
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$7.96 - $12.58
(Median)
$8
$9
$13
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,710 - $41,341  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $225.00  
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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$16,709 - $28,708  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.96 - $12.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.64  
Overtime
$5.08 - $19.35  
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.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $225.00  
   
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).
)
$16,709 - $28,708  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 872

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Job Description for Prep Cook

A prep cook works for a restaurant, caterer, or a similar food-service establishment. A prep cook works under a chef in an entry-level job that is often occupied by an individual who is also currently in culinary school. A prep cook's main tasks include performing preparatory work for the head chef. This includes such tasks as chopping vegetables, peeling potatoes, washing food items, and slicing and dicing food items needed by the head chef. In this way, the prep cook helps ensure the head chef can have prepared food items ready and at hand without needing to stop to prepare anything. A prep cook may also have the duty of preparing salads and breads, as well as salad dressings and sauces. Other responsibilities may include taking items from the freezer or refrigerator, as well as storing foods that need to be covered and properly put away. Prep cooks in general do not do dishwashing or substantial kitchen cleaning.

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Prep Cook Tasks

  • Maintain a hygienic environment and personal appearance.
  • Set up and break down equipment, materials, and ingredients.
  • Follow standard procedures to prepare ingredients and food products.
  • Interact with customers and team courteously.

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With a median salary of $22K, Olive Garden Restaurants offers Prep Cooks the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $18K and are capped at $31K.

Pay by Experience Level for Prep Cook

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


For Prep Cooks, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $20K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $22K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $23K in this role. Prep Cooks who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $24K.

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Experience Affects Prep Cook Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$21,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 162 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 27% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 71%
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