Grill Cook Salary

The average Grill Cook in the United States earns approximately $10.37 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Male Grill Cooks are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Just under one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly less than a fourth collect dental insurance. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,276 - $35,622
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$24K
$36K
MEDIAN: $23,583
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$8.12 - $14.15
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$0$35K
Salary $14,276 - $35,622
Bonus $0.00 - $1,192
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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$16,934 - $30,530
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 23
Hourly Data $0$21
Hourly Rate $8.12 - $14.15
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $1.18
Overtime $8.47 - $21.13
Annual Data $0$30K
Bonus $0.00 - $1,192
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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$16,934 - $30,530
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 909

Job Description for Grill Cook

Grill cooks are kitchen employees who typically work in restaurants to prepare foods from a menu. They typically specialize in grill work, which may involve large flat griddles, gas or electric broilers, or flame-heated grills. In kitchens which specifically require a grill cook, they may serve on a team or brigade which coordinates with cooks who handle other areas of the kitchen (sometimes called the line, which is why these workers are collectively known as "line cooks").

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Grill Cook Tasks

  • Follow recipes and processes to create standard food products.
  • Plate and present meals.
  • Monitor and update inventory, rotating and dating food supplies.
  • Maintain and sanitize cooking and preparation area.

Grill Cook Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Grill Cook


Grill Cooks flock to Waffle House, Inc., Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Crackerbarrel, Bob Evans Restaurants, and Compass Group, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Aramark attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $27K. Also paying near the top of the field are Outback Steakhouse, Inc. at $26K, Compass Group at $26K, and Crackerbarrel, where Grill Cooks annually earn $25K.

Wendy's International, Inc., McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., and Golden Corral Corporation also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $17K, $17K, and $18K.

Pay by Experience Level for Grill Cook

Pay by Experience for a Grill Cook has a positive trend. An entry-level Grill Cook with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $20,000 based on 467 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Grill Cook with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 224 salaries. An experienced Grill Cook which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 201 salaries. A Grill Cook with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 85 salaries.

Grill Cook Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Grill Cook?

Grill Cook in Pompano Beach:
"Cook chicken and ribs."
Pros: I can get forty hours a week because I'm reliable.
Cons: The worst job I've ever had, horrible managers that don't know what there doing or how to run a restaurant.

Grill Cook in Canton:
"Work very hard and don't get paid enough."
Pros: Good kitchen crew. Hopefully chances for advancement and outback is a well known franchise.
Cons: I haven't seen promise or chances for advancement. They realize I'm a value employee but don't show it.

Grill Cook in Encinitas:
"Bad."
Pros: Not good needs more work and does not help.
Cons: All the stress of working and not knowing schedule.

Grill Cook in Birmingham:
"Working as a grill cook demands attentiveness and detail."
Pros: Grill cooks are popular people. Everyone likes it when you give them your undivided attention. You prepare their food just the way they like it, or even better than they could have imagined. Maintain your professionalism at all times. Customers appreciation and satisfaction of a job well done. The cohesiveness with co-workers are almost like family. When you work well with one another, the job is seamless and the day passes quickly.
Cons: Although sanitation mandatory in a kitchen, the clean-up afterward can sometime get to you. Also, food prep., I.e., chopping, dicing, can cause anxiety because you expose yourself to injury.

Grill Cook in Kansas City:
"Flexible But Limited."
Pros: Fair management, flexible hours, fast-paced.
Cons: Stressful, little pay for effort.

Key Stats for Grill Cook

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 188 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Grill Cook Salaries

Experienced
▲10%

Late-Career
▲8%

▲6%

National Average
$23,000

▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 188 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 29%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
no benefits
None: 70%