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Average Line Cook Hourly Pay

$12.22
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$308
Bonus
$780
Commission
$501
Profit Sharing
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The average hourly pay for a Line Cook is $12.22.
10%
$9.34
MEDIAN
$12.22
90%
$15.64
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Hourly Rate
$9 - $16
Bonus
$15 - $1,949
Profit Sharing
$15 - $5,939
Commission
$0 - $780
Total Pay
$19,573 - $34,085
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What Do Line Cooks Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Line Cook

3.6 out of 5
(2,013)
Highly Satisfied
171Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Line Cook are from the companies Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Chili's Grill & Bar and Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. where the average pay is $13.93. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc and Olive Garden Restaurants, earning around $12.62 and $12.31, respectively. Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. pays the lowest at around $11.75. Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar and Denny's also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $11.81 and $12.01, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Line Cooks?

Skills in Food Preparation, People Management and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Line Cooks?

An entry-level Line Cook with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $10.74 based on 316 salaries. An early career Line Cook with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.79 based on 3,932 salaries. A mid-career Line Cook with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $12.84 based on 2,284 salaries. An experienced Line Cook with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $13.06 based on 1,669 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $13.
Employees with Line Cook in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 29.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (18.5% more) and Chicago, Illinois (13.7% more).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 8,944 survey responses.
Entry Level
3.5%
Early Career
44.0%
Mid Career
25.5%
Experienced
18.7%
Late Career
8.3%