Prep Cook Salary

Prep Cooks in the United States take home approximately $10.52 per hour on average. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Men working as Prep Cooks who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 53 percent. Most Prep Cooks report high levels of job satisfaction. Just under one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one in five collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$17,833 - $39,616
$18K
$24K
$40K
MEDIAN: $24,147
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$8.53 - $13.66
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$0$39K
Salary $17,833 - $39,616
Bonus $0.00 - $1,003
Profit Sharing $225.00
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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$17,894 - $30,436
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 37
Hourly Data $0$21
Hourly Rate $8.53 - $13.66
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $2.02
Overtime $11.12 - $21.44
Annual Data $0$30K
Bonus $0.00 - $1,003
Profit Sharing $225.00
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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$17,894 - $30,436
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,466

Job Description for Prep Cook

A prep cook works for a restaurant, caterer, or a similar food-service establishment. A prep cook works under a chef in an entry-level job that is often occupied by an individual who is also currently in culinary school. A prep cook's main tasks include performing preparatory work for the head chef. This includes such tasks as chopping vegetables, peeling potatoes, washing food items, and slicing and dicing food items needed by the head chef. In this way, the prep cook helps ensure the head chef can have prepared food items ready and at hand without needing to stop to prepare anything. A prep cook may also have the duty of preparing salads and breads, as well as salad dressings and sauces. Other responsibilities may include taking items from the freezer or refrigerator, as well as storing foods that need to be covered and properly put away. Prep cooks in general do not do dishwashing or substantial kitchen cleaning.

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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.

Prep Cook Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Prep Cook


Many Prep Cooks can be found at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Olive Garden Restaurants, Texas Roadhouse, Inc, and Panera Bread Company, firms that are at the top of the field. Prep Cooks seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., where the average salary comes to $27K. Compass Group, Sodexo, Inc., and Aramark Food Services also offer top salaries for Prep Cooks. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $25K, $23K, and $23K, respectively.

Panera Bread Company, Crackerbarrel, and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $20K, $21K, and $21K-paychecks on average.

Pay by Experience Level for Prep Cook

Pay by Experience for a Prep Cook has a positive trend. An entry-level Prep Cook with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 896 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Prep Cook with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 333 salaries. An experienced Prep Cook which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 255 salaries. A Prep Cook with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 124 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $22,474

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

Home to some of the best pay for Prep Cooks, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 41 percent above the national average. Prep Cooks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+16 percent), Portland (+16 percent), Orlando (+13 percent), and Las Vegas (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Cleveland. Workers in Tampa and Philadelphia earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

Prep Cook Reviews

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

Prep Cook in Cleveland:
"Self worth."
Pros: The people the atmosphere also this is my home.
Cons: Sometimes just like an every place else it gets rough.

Prep Cook in Knoxville:
"Not enough pay."
Pros: Management helps when they want.
Cons: Employees are rude.

Prep Cook in Tucson:
"Along with dish, making salads and appetizers."
Pros: Employee termination is rare and the management tends not to micromanage.
Cons: Very, very dead end, low ambition atmosphere, raises are almost never given to anybody.

Prep Cook in Charlottesville:
"I do too much work for what I'm getting compensated."
Pros: I like the job, but I just don't feel like $10 per hour is enough.
Cons: Not enough pay.

Prep Cook in Albany:
"Low pay long hours."
Pros: The work was easy, but time consuming. People were friendly and I could listen to music.
Cons: The pay was horrid and the hours insane. In prep areas. And if you didn't work crazy long days you made no money. They made sure you worked 5-6 days a week even if it was only 3 hours a day when working line.

Prep Cook in Birmingham:
"Rewarding."
Pros: I love working with food and be creative. I love to see and hear the way people love your food and it makes them happy. I like my coworkers how we work together as a team.
Cons: No pay raises.. How we get paid. I hate how mangement shows favoritism. No opportunities for growth are moving up the ladder. The lack of showing to employees their thankfulness of your hardwork and loyalty.

Prep Cook in Fort Thomas:
"Good."
Pros: My coworker's and making customers happy.
Cons: Doing dishes because I cut my hands.

Key Stats for Prep Cook

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 292 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
10%

Experience Affects Prep Cook Salaries

Late-Career
▲9%

▲6%

Mid-Career
▲3%

National Average
$22,000

▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 292 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 29%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
no benefits
None: 69%