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Prep Cook Salary (United States)

The average Prep Cook in the United States earns approximately $9.74 per hour. Pay generally varies between $7.94 per hour and $12.64. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Men make up a slight majority of Prep Cooks (56 percent) who responded to the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to just under a third, and about a fifth earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Prep Cook Salary (?
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$17,566 - $42,000
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MEDIAN: $23,047
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Prep Cook Salary (?
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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$7.94 - $12.64
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,566 - $42,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $205.11  
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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$16,655 - $28,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 29
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.94 - $12.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.64  
Overtime
$5.08 - $19.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $205.11  
   
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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$16,655 - $28,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 682
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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.

Prep Cook Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Prep Cook

Employees at Olive Garden Restaurants enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $22K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $18K and higher ones not far away at only $31K.

Pay by Experience Level for Prep Cook

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Prep Cooks with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $20K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $21K. Prep Cooks with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $22K. 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 $23K.

Pay Difference By Location

Seattle
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Pittsburgh
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Dallas
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Cleveland
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Miami
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Chicago
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New York
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Los Angeles
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Atlanta
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Cincinnati
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San Antonio
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National Average
$21,000
San Diego
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Fort Worth
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Las Vegas
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For Prep Cooks, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 24 percent greater than the national average. Prep Cooks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pittsburgh (+19 percent), Cleveland (+12 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), and Miami (+10 percent). Las Vegas is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Fort Worth (6 percent lower) and San Diego (1 percent lower).
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Experience Affects Prep Cook Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$21,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 147 votes.

Gender

Female
44%
female alumni
 
Male
56%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 28% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 70%