Prep Cook Salary
|Salary||$17,363 - $41,459|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $1,987|
|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).)
|$17,724 - $30,108|
|Hourly Rate||$8.44 - $13.50|
|Hourly Tips||$0.00 - $2.42|
|Overtime||$10.77 - $22.00|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $1,987|
|Total Pay (||$17,724 - $30,108|
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.Read More...
A prep cook usually works with the goal of becoming a junior chef. They must possess good listening skills and work well under pressure. A prep cook needs to be able to work at a fast pace and follow instruction, as well as take constructive criticism well.
Prep Cook Tasks
- Follow standard procedures to prepare ingredients and food products.
- Interact with customers and team courteously.
- Maintain a hygienic environment and personal appearance.
- Set up and break down equipment, materials, and ingredients.
Popular Employer Salaries for Prep Cook
Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Prep Cooks include Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Olive Garden Restaurants, Texas Roadhouse, Inc, and Panera Bread Company. Prep Cooks flock to The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $27K lead the pack in compensation. Other leaders in compensation levels are Compass Group at $25K, Sodexo, Inc. at $23K, and Aramark Food Services, where Prep Cooks annually earn $23K.
Employees at Panera Bread Company, Crackerbarrel, and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store can also expect below-average earnings of $20K, $21K, and $21K.
Pay by Experience Level for Prep Cook
Pay by Experience for a Prep Cook has a positive trend. An entry-level Prep Cook with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 896 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Prep Cook with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 333 salaries. An experienced Prep Cook which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 255 salaries. A Prep Cook with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 124 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For Prep Cooks, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 42 percent greater than the national average. Prep Cooks will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+17 percent), Portland (+17 percent), Orlando (+14 percent), and Las Vegas (+12 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Cleveland. Workers in Tampa and Philadelphia earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).
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