$30,848
Avg. Salary
$12.64
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$750

Bonus

$500

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Lead Cook is $12.64 per hour.

The average pay for a Lead Cook is $30,848 per year.

10%
$9.81
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$12.64
50%
$16.14
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90%
MEDIAN $12.64
10%
$18k
10%
$31k
50%
$42k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $30,848
$18,246 - $41,663
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$42K
MEDIAN: $30,848
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$0$41K
Salary $18,246 - $41,663
Bonus $50.34 - $2,980
Profit Sharing $500
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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$20,628 - $37,863
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 41
Hourly Data $0$24
Hourly Rate $9.81 - $16.14
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $1.98
Overtime $13.96 - $24.46
Annual Data $0$37K
Bonus $50.34 - $2,980
Profit Sharing $500
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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$20,628 - $37,863
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 524

Job Description for Lead Cook

A lead cook is normally a supervisory position in a kitchen. Depending on the organization, this person is likely not considered a full-fledged kitchen manager or chef. However, lead cooks normally have some of the supervision and oversight duties of these managers delegated to them. In many higher-end restaurants, the lead cook position is considered a stepping stone to a full-fledged managerial or chef position.

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Lead Cook Tasks
  • Oversee food handling and preparation throughout a kitchen.
  • Monitor and evaluate staff and coordinate break schedules.
  • Stock and maintain all food stations, ensuring hygienic workspaces.
  • Answer guest questions about menu and preparation.
  • Modify processes for routing and meeting orders according to time and quality standards.

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Popular Skills for Lead Cook

Pay by Experience Level for Lead Cook

Pay by Experience for a Lead Cook has a positive trend. An entry-level Lead Cook with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 182 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Lead Cook with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 208 salaries. An experienced Lead Cook which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 184 salaries. A Lead Cook with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 93 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

13%

9%

National Average: $27,412

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Lead Cook Reviews

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

Lead Cook in Dallas:
Pros: Good food, great employees, friendly environment.
Cons: Labor intensive, uncomfortable work conditions,

Lead Cook in Appleton:
"Time management."
Not only yourself, but your staff as well, need time management.

Lead Cook in New Orleans:
"Surprise."
To work hard and learn much as possible. Learn to take the lead. Observe.

Lead Cook in St. Ignace:
"That I was on a freeze for a raise."
Always remember there is a lot to learn to the end never give up and keep on keeping on...

Lead Cook in Sacramento:
Pros: Residents love the food I make and show me their gratitude.
Cons: No standards.

Lead Cook in Milwaukee:
"Mind your mise en place."
Keep your line organized and it'll be effortless to use after a while. Work clean to keep your head on straight when the tickets are flowing in.

Lead Cook in East Hartford:
"Manage time wisely."
Manage prep and cooking time for your shift.

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Key Stats for Lead Cook

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 90 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
17%

Experience Affects Lead Cook Salaries

▲6%

▲2%

▼0%

National Average
$27,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Lead Cook Salaries

People Management
▲9%

cooking
▲3%




▲1%

National Average
$27,000

Knife Skills
▼1%


Leadership
▼2%

Cleaning
▼3%

Customer Service
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
no benefits
None: 45%