The average hourly pay for a General/Institution Cook is $12.29.
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$48 - $1,208
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$19,802 - $36,729
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Job Description for General/Institution Cook
An institutional/general cook is a volume cook that is expected to follow a written menu to prepare a substantial quantity of food, making appropriate substitutions as necessary. An institutional cook might work in a long-term care facility (such as a nursing home or retirement village), a school, a daycare, a prison or jail, or another institution. In some environments, the cook must prepare specialized diets such as pureed food or thickened liquids. An institutional/general cook's work hours …Read more
General/Institution Cook Tasks
- Prepare ingredients by washing, chopping, weighing, and measuring.
- Operate cafeteria's equipment to cook and produce meals.
- Maintain food logs, expenditures, and inventory.
- Clean and maintain work area, utensils, and dishes.
- Monitor food quality and test for doneness, serving in standard portions and presentations.
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General/Institution Cook Job Listings
Pay by Experience Level for General/Institution Cook
An early career General/Institution Cook with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $11.46 based on 163 salaries. A mid-career General/Institution Cook with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $12.26 based on 131 salaries. An experienced General/Institution Cook with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $12.48 based on 141 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $13.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with General/Institution Cook in their job title in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania earn an average of 5.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (1.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (18.9% less), St. Louis, Missouri (10.5% less) and Nashville, Tennessee (10.4% less).
Years of Experience
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