Prep Cook Salary (United States)

Prep Cooks in the United States can expect to earn an average of $9.64 per hour. Pay begins at $7.93 per hour on the low end and climbs to $12.32 near the top. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and experience level. In this profession, 27 percent individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and 17 percent have vision insurance, as well. Men just barely outnumber women in the field at 57 percent. The majority of Prep Cooks claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Prep Cook Salary (?
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$17,797 - $40,976
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MEDIAN: $23,067
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Prep Cook Salary (?
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$7.93 - $12.32
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,797 - $40,976  
   
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$0.00 - $198.88  
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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$16,638 - $28,308  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.93 - $12.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.64  
Overtime
$5.13 - $19.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
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$0.00 - $198.88  
   
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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$16,638 - $28,308  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 593
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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

Olive Garden Restaurants pays the most with a median salary of $21,971, though there is little variation overall ($18,050-$31K).
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $18,262. Employees at Chili's Grill & Bar and Olive Garden Restaurants can also expect below-average earnings of $19,045 and $21,971.

Pay by Experience Level for Prep Cook

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Prep Cooks with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. At career start, salaries are typically $19,681, which grows to $21K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $21K after 10 to 20 years. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Prep Cooks after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $22K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 7 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; most of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$20,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Prep Cooks, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 30 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Chicago, top-paying cities where Prep Cooks see paychecks higher than average (+13 percent, +12 percent, +11 percent, and +10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 6 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Las Vegas.

Experience Affects Prep Cook Salaries

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National Average
$20,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 135 votes.

Gender

Female
43%
female alumni
 
Male
57%
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: 27% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 72%
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