The average hourly pay for a Prep Cook is $10.88.
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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…Read more
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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Prep Cook
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.
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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.
Pay Difference by Location
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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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