$24,739
Avg. Salary
$10.78
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$200

Bonus

$983

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Prep Cook is $10.78 per hour.

The average pay for a Prep Cook is $24,739 per year.

$8.57
10%
$10.78
50%
$14.09
90%
MEDIAN $10.78
$14k
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$25k
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$39k
90%
MEDIAN $24,739
$14,335 - $38,619
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MEDIAN: $24,739
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$0$38K
Salary $14,335 - $38,619
Bonus $0.00 - $1,017
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $8,823
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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$17,880 - $30,690
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 78
Hourly Data $0$21
Hourly Rate $8.57 - $14.09
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $2.12
Overtime $11.06 - $21.63
Annual Data $0$30K
Bonus $0.00 - $1,017
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $8,823
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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$17,880 - $30,690
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,570

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 Pay By Employer

$0$34K

$22,993

$20,926

$22,878

$24,022

Compass Group
19 profiles
$22,551

$22,934

$25,278

Sodexo, Inc.
16 profiles
$23,735

Aramark
14 profiles
$23,400

Crackerbarrel
14 profiles
$20,647

Prep Cook Job Listings

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: $22,804

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 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 Grand Rapids:
"Enjoy working with food."
Live your job.live food and taking care that the dish is right. Never leave food unwatched.pay close attention to details and a very big must fellow the recipes to the tee.never iss an ingredient.learn your knife skills.there is never a stupid question.

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

Prep Cook in Hager City:
"That my boss was a money hungry prick."
Don't give up.

Prep Cook in Pleasant Hill:
"Easy amd fullfilling."
Pros: The management is great, schedule is favorable.
Cons: Uniforms & cold atmosphere in cooler.

Prep Cook in Medina:
"Preparing food for the store."
Pros: The people, the work can be boring but the people are fun.
Cons: Poor management, semi poor working conditions.

Prep Cook in Seaford:
"I don't like we're I work everyone their is rude to me."
Pros: I'm able to pay some of my bills.
Cons: Everyone is rude to me, like treating me like dirt, no pay raise, and get yelled at every time someone messes up and when I mess up. My boss even smack talks and gets ignorant with me. If I go for a break I'll get yelled at. It's made me so stressful that I was on anziety meds for along while.

Key Stats for Prep Cook

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 540 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Prep Cook Salaries

Late-Career
▲7%

▲4%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
$23,000

▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 540 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 30%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
no benefits
None: 68%