Entry-Level Prep Cook Salary

The average Entry-Level Prep Cook can expect to rake in roughly $10.20 per hour. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Prep Cooks approaches anywhere from $17K on the lower end to $29K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $3K from bonuses. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to roughly one in four, and just under one-fifth earn dental coverage. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Entry-Level Prep Cooks making up 55 percent of survey respondents. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Prep Cooks. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$16,705 - $34,710
$17K
$23K
$35K
MEDIAN: $22,622
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$8.28 - $12.94
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$0$34K
Salary $16,705 - $34,710
Bonus $0.00 - $2,936
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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$17,357 - $28,640
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 21
Hourly Data $0$19
Hourly Rate $8.28 - $12.94
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $2.09
Overtime $10.91 - $19.99
Annual Data $0$28K
Bonus $0.00 - $2,936
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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$17,357 - $28,640
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 946

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Popular Employer Salaries for Prep Cook


Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Olive Garden Restaurants, The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., and Texas Roadhouse, Inc are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Entry-Level Prep Cooks. The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $27K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Texas Roadhouse, Inc, and Olive Garden Restaurants, where earnings of $23K, $22K, or $21K are standard for Entry-Level Prep Cooks.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Crackerbarrel, and Olive Garden Restaurants are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($20K, $20K, and $21K respectively).

Prep Cook Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Prep Cook in Grand Rapids:
"Enjoy working with food."
Live your job.live food and taking care that the dish is right. Never leave food unwatched.pay close attention to details and a very big must fellow the recipes to the tee.never iss an ingredient.learn your knife skills.there is never a stupid question.

Prep Cook in Hager City:
"That my boss was a money hungry prick."
Don't give up.

Key Stats for Prep Cook

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 182 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 182 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 27%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
vision benefits
Vision: 15%
no benefits
None: 71%
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