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Average Prep Cook Hourly Pay

$11.46
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$243
Bonus
$756
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The average hourly pay for a Prep Cook is $11.46.
10%
$8.84
MEDIAN
$11.46
90%
$14.90
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Hourly Rate
$9 - $15
Bonus
$1 - $1,038
Profit Sharing
$1 - $2,968
Total Pay
$18,496 - $31,549
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What Do Prep Cooks Do?

Prep Cook Tasks
  • Follow standard procedures to prepare ingredients and food products.
  • Interact with customers and team courteously.
  • Maintain a hygienic environment and personal appearance.
  • Set up and break down equipment, materials, and ingredients.

Job Satisfaction for Prep Cook

3.6 out of 5
(556)
Highly Satisfied
44Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Prep Cook are from the companies Texas Roadhouse, Inc, Sodexo, Inc. and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Reported salaries are highest at Sodexo, Inc. where the average pay is $12.22. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Texas Roadhouse, Inc and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, earning around $11.86 and $11.78, respectively. Crackerbarrel pays the lowest at around $10.06. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Compass Group also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $10.53 and $10.89, respectively.

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What is the Pay by Experience Level for Prep Cooks?

An entry-level Prep Cook with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $10.60 based on 144 salaries. An early career Prep Cook with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.17 based on 1,119 salaries. A mid-career Prep Cook with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $12.01 based on 469 salaries. An experienced Prep Cook with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $12.03 based on 373 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $12.
Employees with Prep Cook in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 24.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (11.3% more) and Chicago, Illinois (6.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Tampa, Florida (10.2% less) and Phoenix, Arizona (2.4% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 2,304 survey responses.
Entry Level
6.3%
Early Career
48.6%
Mid Career
20.4%
Experienced
16.2%
Late Career
8.6%