Prep Cook Salary (United States)

The average wage for a Prep Cook is $9.61 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Prep Cook Total Pay (?
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$17,797 - $40,976
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MEDIAN: $23,067
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Prep Cook Total Pay (?
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$7.91 - $12.30
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,797 - $40,976  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $199.11  
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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$16,611 - $28,223  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 579
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.91 - $12.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.72  
Overtime
$5.00 - $19.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $199.11  
   
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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$16,611 - $28,223  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 579
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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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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Seattle
up arrow 30%
Atlanta
up arrow 16%
Cleveland
up arrow 13%
Chicago
up arrow 11%
New York
up arrow 4%
Orlando
up arrow 2%
Miami
0%
National Average
$20,000
Las Vegas
up arrow 6%
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Experience Affects Prep Cook Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%
Mid-Career
up arrow 5%
Experienced
up arrow 5%
National Average
$20,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 4%
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Gender
Female
42%
female alumni
 
Male
58%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
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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