Entry-Level Prep Cook Salary

Earnings for Entry-Level Prep Cooks come in at around $10.20 per hour on average. Total incomes of Entry-Level Prep Cooks incorporate potential for, in rare cases, more than $3K from bonuses; these performance components cause packages to range between $17K and $29K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most Entry-Level Prep Cooks like their work and job satisfaction is high. About one in four report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under a fifth collect dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Entry-Level Prep Cooks making up 56 percent of survey respondents. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$17,817 - $34,710
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$22K
$35K
MEDIAN: $22,131
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$8.30 - $12.97
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$0$34K
Salary $17,817 - $34,710
Bonus $0.00 - $1,957
Profit Sharing $200.00
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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$17,411 - $28,489
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 21
Hourly Data $0$19
Hourly Rate $8.30 - $12.97
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $1.97
Overtime $11.21 - $19.32
Annual Data $0$28K
Bonus $0.00 - $1,957
Profit Sharing $200.00
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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$17,411 - $28,489
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 985

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Popular Employer Salaries for Prep Cook


Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Olive Garden Restaurants, The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., and Texas Roadhouse, Inc are among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level Prep Cooks. For Entry-Level Prep Cooks, comfortable salaries can be found at The Cheesecake Factory, Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $27K, the highest in the area. Entry-Level Prep Cooks can also look forward to large paychecks at Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants ($23K), Texas Roadhouse, Inc ($22K), and Olive Garden Restaurants ($21K).

Workers at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Crackerbarrel, and Olive Garden Restaurants also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $20K, $20K, and $21K respectively.

Prep Cook Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Prep Cook in New York:
"Be ready to stand on your feet."
Get comfortable shoes, don't take everything the customer says to heart, you do have the right to refuse a customer.

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

Key Stats for Prep Cook

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 192 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
78%
5-9 years
14%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 192 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 26%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
vision benefits
Vision: 14%
no benefits
None: 72%
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