Average General/Institution Cook Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a General/Institution Cook is $12.29.
MEDIAN $12.29
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Hourly Rate
$9 - $16
$48 - $1,208
Profit Sharing
$0 - $250
Total Pay
$19,802 - $36,729

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Job Description for General/Institution Cook

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.

Career Paths

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General/Institution Cook
Pizza Cook / Chef / Maker
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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.
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).

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