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Average Cook, Restaurant Hourly Pay

$11.19
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$242
Bonus
$1,500
Commission
$280
Profit Sharing
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The average hourly pay for a Cook, Restaurant is $11.19.
10%
$8.29
MEDIAN
$11.19
90%
$15.09
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Hourly Rate
$8 - $15
Bonus
$3 - $1,961
Profit Sharing
$2 - $5,068
Commission
$0 - $1,500
Total Pay
$17,408 - $32,911
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What Do Cook, Restaurants Do?

Cook, Restaurant Tasks
  • Follow recipes and product directions for preparing food.
  • Operate a variety of kitchen equipment.
  • Stock, date, rotate and check temperature of product.
  • Clean and sanitize work stations and equipment.
  • Taste products and keep records in order to accurately plan food production.

Job Satisfaction for Cook, Restaurant

3.6 out of 5
(611)
Highly Satisfied
61Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Cook, Restaurant are from the companies Denny's, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar and Chili's Grill & Bar. Reported salaries are highest at Chili's Grill & Bar where the average pay is $13.38. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Marriott International, Inc. and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, earning around $13.29 and $12.00, respectively. Zaxby's pays the lowest at around $7.90. Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Corporation and Denny's also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $9.30 and $11.79, respectively.

Career Paths

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What is the Pay by Experience Level for Cook, Restaurants?

An entry-level Cook, Restaurant with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $9.74 based on 147 salaries. An early career Cook, Restaurant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $10.64 based on 1,183 salaries. A mid-career Cook, Restaurant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.98 based on 521 salaries. An experienced Cook, Restaurant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $12.25 based on 495 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $12.
Employees with Cook, Restaurant in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 25.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (16.3% more) and Chicago, Illinois (13.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (7.5% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 2,662 survey responses.
Entry Level
5.5%
Early Career
44.4%
Mid Career
19.6%
Experienced
18.6%
Late Career
11.9%