Prep Cook Salary

Prep Cooks in the United States pull down an average of $9.96 per hour. Compensation ranges from $8.06 per hour on the lower end to $13.03 on the higher end. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Prep Cooks making up 53 percent of survey respondents. Slightly less than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly a fifth collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,116 - $42,885
(Median)
$18K
$25K
$43K
MEDIAN: $24,630
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$8.06 - $13.03
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$18,116 - $42,885  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $242.40  
Profit Sharing
$140.00  
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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$16,885 - $29,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.06 - $13.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.67  
Overtime
$7.67 - $20.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $242.40  
   
Profit Sharing
$140.00  
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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$16,885 - $29,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,231
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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Prep Cook


Prep Cooks fill the offices of leading firms Olive Garden Restaurants, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Panera Bread Company, Chili's Grill & Bar, and Levy Restaurant Company. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Aramark offers the most; Prep Cooks earn $22K on average there. Soaring salaries can also be found at Olive Garden Restaurants, Levy Restaurant Company, and Longhorn Steak House, where earnings of $22K, $21K, or $21K are standard for Prep Cooks.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cracker Barrel Old Country Store ($20K), Panera Bread Company ($20K), and Longhorn Steak House ($21K).

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 $22K. Prep Cooks who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $23K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Prep Cook Reviews

What is it like working as a Prep Cook?

Prep Cook in Albany:
"Low pay long hours."
Pros: The work was easy, but time consuming. People were friendly and I could listen to music.
Cons: The pay was horrid and the hours insane. In prep areas. And if you didn't work crazy long days you made no money. They made sure you worked 5-6 days a week even if it was only 3 hours a day when working line.

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

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National Average
$21,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 209 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 29%
dental benefits
Dental: 21%
medical benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 69%
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