Average Entry-Level Prep Cooks make around $9.98 per hour. Total incomes of Entry-Level Prep Cooks incorporate potential for, in rare cases, more than $3K from bonuses; these performance components cause packages to range between $17K and $28K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Men working as Entry-Level Prep Cooks who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to one-fourth, and a little less than one-fifth earn dental coverage. The majority of Entry-Level Prep Cooks claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$17,452 - $31,027
(Median)
$17K
$21K
$31K
MEDIAN: $20,920
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$8.14 - $12.46
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$8
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$17,452 - $31,027  
   
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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$17,069 - $27,622  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.14 - $12.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.48  
Overtime
$8.34 - $19.41  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
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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$17,069 - $27,622  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 865
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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Olive Garden Restaurants, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., and Panera Bread Company are among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level Prep Cooks. Entry-Level Prep Cooks seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., where the average salary comes to $27K. Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Olive Garden Restaurants, and Crackerbarrel are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Prep Cooks earning around $22K, $21K, or $20K at each firm, respectively.

Also approaching the lower end are Panera Bread Company at $19K, Texas Roadhouse, Inc at $20K, and Crackerbarrel at $20K.

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 129 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 26%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
medical benefits
Vision: 15%
dental benefits
None: 71%
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