Entry-Level Prep Cook Salary

Entry-Level Prep Cooks take home an average $10.06 per hour. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Prep Cooks — including $3K in bonuses at the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $17K to $28K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one-fourth, and just under a fifth earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Prep Cooks, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Entry-Level Prep Cooks making up 54 percent of survey respondents. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$17,540 - $30,913
$18K
$22K
$31K
MEDIAN: $21,600
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$8.21 - $12.68
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MEDIAN: $10.06
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$17,540 - $30,913  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,959  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
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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$17,204 - $27,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.21 - $12.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.22  
Overtime
$9.76 - $20.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,959  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
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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$17,204 - $27,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 879

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Known for taking on a considerable number of Entry-Level Prep Cooks, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Olive Garden Restaurants, The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., and Texas Roadhouse, Inc are leading firms in the industry. Entry-Level Prep Cooks flock to The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $27K lead the pack in compensation. Entry-Level Prep Cooks can also look forward to large paychecks at Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants ($23K), Texas Roadhouse, Inc ($22K), and Olive Garden Restaurants ($21K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Cracker Barrel Old Country Store at $20K, Crackerbarrel at $20K, and Olive Garden Restaurants, where $21K is the norm.

Key Stats for Prep Cook

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 144 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
78%
5-9 years
14%
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 144 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 25%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
vision benefits
Vision: 15%
dental benefits
None: 72%
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