Salary for Restaurant Cooks

Also known as:  Banquet Cook, Breakfast Cook, Chef De Partie, Line Cook, Saucier, Specialty Cook helps hospitality and tourism professionals find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations.

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Cooks in restaurant settings are responsible for preparing, seasoning and cooking menu items to satisfactory standards according to a restaurant's menu. The plats they prepare may include meats, soups, vegetables, fruit platters or desserts. They are detail oriented individuals who are able to maintain a clean, healthy and safe work environment while ensuring timely and satisfactory product delivery to guests and clients. They assist with garnishing plates before they are delivered to tables, and must communicate effectively with the restaurant's wait staff and head chef and cook. They have an extensive knowledge of kitchen utensils and cooking equipment, and help with inventory and equipment upkeep and maintenance. A high school diploma is required for employment in this professional field.

A Restaurant Cook receives an average compensation on a scale from 16000 - 24000 depending on education and experience. Cooks, Restaurant get an average salary of Twenty Three Thousand Three Hundred dollars per annum.

Cooks, Restaurant can obtain the highest salaries in Hawaii, where they receive pay levels, on average, of about $30450. People in this category of job are compensated at the highest average salary in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they receive average wages of $27730.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 14.93 percent nationwide in that time.
Restaurant Cooks tend to make the most in the following industries
Educational Services $27,730
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $25,940
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $25,900
Transportation and Warehousing $25,840
Health Care and Social Assistance $25,810
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $25,490
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Information $19,400
Wholesale Trade $21,090
Finance and Insurance $22,540
Retail Trade $22,950
Accommodation and Food Services $23,140
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $24,030