The average Entry-Level Prep Cook earns approximately $10.04 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Entry-Level Prep Cooks stretch from $17K on the lower end to $28K near the top, and the heftier packages encompass bonuses that can (rarely) exceed $3K. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Roughly one in four report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly less than a fifth collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Prep Cooks. Men make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Prep Cooks (53 percent) who responded to the survey. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$17,617 - $30,913
$18K
$22K
$31K
MEDIAN: $22,297
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$8.18 - $12.63
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MEDIAN: $10.04
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$17,617 - $30,913  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,936  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
Total Pay (?
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$17,146 - $27,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.18 - $12.63  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.41  
Overtime
$9.34 - $20.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$17,146 - $27,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 899

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Entry-Level Prep Cooks flock to Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Olive Garden Restaurants, The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., and Texas Roadhouse, Inc, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $27K. Other big spenders include Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Olive Garden Restaurants, and Texas Roadhouse, Inc, top-paying firms where Entry-Level Prep Cooks see paychecks nearing $23K, $21K, or $21K.

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

Key Stats for Prep Cook

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 143 votes.
078
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 143 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 26%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
vision benefits
Vision: 15%
dental benefits
None: 72%
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