Line Cook Salary

A Line Cook earns an average wage of $11.27 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases modestly, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.

$14,429 - $41,535
$14K
$24K
$42K
MEDIAN: $24,415
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90%

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$9.01 - $14.72
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$12
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MEDIAN: $11.58
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$0$41K
Salary $14,429 - $41,535
Bonus $0.00 - $1,445
Profit Sharing $7.50 - $3,040
Commission $390.00
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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$18,793 - $32,996
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 231
Hourly Data $0$21
Hourly Rate $9.01 - $14.72
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $2.00
Overtime $12.80 - $21.90
Annual Data $0$32K
Bonus $0.00 - $1,445
Commission $390.00
Profit Sharing $7.50 - $3,040
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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$18,793 - $32,996
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,428

Job Description for Line Cook

A line cook should possess excellent knife skills, as well as a thorough understanding of basic cooking equipment. Candidates should be comfortable working in fast-paced environments in which quality work is of the utmost importance. Because of this fast-paced environment, candidates should be strong enough mentally to handle large amounts of stress. Positive and energetic interaction with other team members is required. Light amounts of lifting (usually less than 20 pounds) may be required as well. Work typically is performed in an industrial-style kitchen. Applicants must be comfortable standing in one spot for a long period of time. Reading comprehension is critical, as line cooks will be expected to read and follow recipes with no mistakes. Applicants should be very comfortable working as part of a team.

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Line Cook Tasks

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Line Cook

Pay by Experience for a Line Cook has a positive trend. An entry-level Line Cook with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 3,216 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Line Cook with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 1,831 salaries. An experienced Line Cook which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 1,176 salaries. A Line Cook with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 398 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $24,761

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

Line Cook Reviews

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

Line Cook in Skokie:
"Working for Minimum Wage."
Pros: My coworkers are the reason why I am still working here.
Cons: There is so much drama at this store and everyone is leaving.

Line Cook in Ogallala:
Pros: I love to cook and enjoy cooking I also like to feel proud about the food I serve.
Cons: Owners or general managers who would rather scream an yell at there employee's than to try an help an fix the problem or issue.

Line Cook in Kissimmee:
Pros: I enjoy to see how hard we were hit with tickets and everyone work together to make it happen.seems people enjoy no only the food but the bar, music and the entire environment as well.
Cons: Couple people didn't know how to work as a team but thanks God does were the less.

Line Cook in Columbia:
"Talent buried by age."
Pros: I love the fast pace environment of restaurants. Its a chance for me to show my skills and what ive learned as a culinarian.
Cons: Sometimes I feel like im undervalued for the amount of work and quality of work I do. I feel like my age is a big factor when dealing with new jobs.

Line Cook in Philadelphia:
Pros: Creating my food with passion. Making everything from scratch.
Cons: There is nothing I don't like about my job except the long hours some days.

Line Cook in San Diego:
"Satisfied linecook."
Pros: The great teamwork and the urgency.
Cons: Mainly I just don't like the low pay.

Line Cook in Los Angeles:
"Its fun if you enjoy stress, low pay, being berated."
Pros: Its fun. Lots of music, drugs, hot young girls. Other people seem to think cooking is a nice skill. You can really just be yourself.
Cons: Hot, dangerous, constant berating, terrible co workers whom are all drug or sex addicts. No respect or understanding. No love really. Lowest paid of all industries. Almost no reason to be in this field other then the fact that I am masochistic and enjoy pain. Its sexual to me. See what I am saying about the sex addicts?

Key Stats for Line Cook

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1082 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Line Cook Salaries

▲6%

▲5%

▲3%

National Average
$25,000

▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1082 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 26%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
vision benefits
Vision: 16%
no benefits
None: 72%