Average Prep Cook Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Prep Cook is $10.88.
MEDIAN $10.88
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Hourly Rate
$9 - $14
$51 - $1,551
Profit Sharing
$49 - $7,150
Total Pay
$18,071 - $30,731

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Job Description for Prep Cook

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.
The top respondents for the job title Prep Cook are from the companies Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Texas Roadhouse, Inc and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Reported salaries are highest at Olive Garden Restaurants where the average pay is $11.84. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Sodexo, Inc. and Compass Group, earning around $11.65 and $11.42, respectively. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store pays the lowest at around $10.12. Chili's Grill & Bar and Texas Roadhouse, Inc also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $11.03 and $11.05, respectively.

Career Paths

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Prep Cook
Kitchen Manager
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Pay by Experience Level for Prep Cook

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 $10.07 based on 152 salaries. An early career Prep Cook with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $10.59 based on 1,311 salaries. A mid-career Prep Cook with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.46 based on 533 salaries. An experienced Prep Cook with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.43 based on 398 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 Seattle, Washington earn an average of 31.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (12.4% more) and Los Angeles, California (11.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3.7% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (3.7% less).

Years of Experience

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