Prep Cook Salary

Prep Cooks in the United States pull down an average of $9.79 per hour. Compensation ranges between $7.96 per hour and $12.59. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the specific employer and tenure are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to just under a third, and about a fifth earn dental coverage. Men working as Prep Cooks who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 55 percent. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$17,664 - $41,537
(Median)
$18K
$23K
$42K
MEDIAN: $23,430
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$7.96 - $12.59
(Median)
$8
$9
$13
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,664 - $41,537  
   
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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$16,717 - $28,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.96 - $12.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.71  
Overtime
$5.09 - $19.45  
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).
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$16,717 - $28,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 808

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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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Although salaries only range from $18K to just $31K, Olive Garden Restaurants still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $22K.

Pay by Experience Level for Prep Cook

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


For Prep Cooks, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $20K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $22K. Prep Cooks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $23K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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Experience Affects Prep Cook Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$21,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 161 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 28% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 71%