Prep Cook Salary

Average Prep Cooks in the United States make around $9.84 per hour. Earnings sit near $7.98 per hour on the lower side but can approach $12.77 on the higher side. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by career duration and the individual firm. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Prep Cooks (53 percent) who responded to the survey. Just under one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about one in five collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$18,000 - $43,440

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$7.98 - $12.77

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$18,000 - $43,440  
   
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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$16,730 - $28,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.98 - $12.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.74  
Overtime
$5.75 - $19.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$16,730 - $28,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 980
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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 Olive Garden Restaurants offers the highest salaries (median pay is $22K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $18K to $30K.

Pay by Experience Level for Prep Cook

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


For Prep Cooks, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $20K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $22K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $23K. Prep Cooks who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $24K on average.

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What is it like working as a Prep Cook?

Prep Cook in Birmingham:
"Rewarding."
Pros: I love working with food and be creative. I love to see and hear the way people love your food and it makes them happy. I like my coworkers how we work together as a team.
Cons: No pay raises.. How we get paid. I hate how mangement shows favoritism. No opportunities for growth are moving up the ladder. The lack of showing to employees their thankfulness of your hardwork and loyalty.

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Experience Affects Prep Cook Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$21,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 28% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 71%
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