Salary for Short Order Cooks

Also known as:  Griddle Attendant, Griddle Cook, Grill Cook, Short Order Fry Cook, Snack Bar Cook helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our talent cluster and get scouted today!

Cooks working in a short order environment are expected to grill, cook and fry diner-type foods in a short period of time and deliver to customers at a counter or table. They must have extensive knowledge of general food preparation techniques and tools used to create items such as sandwiches, hamburgers, pancakes, French fries and eggs. In addition, they are expected to clean and sanitize kitchen and dining areas to meet safety and health standards. They have superior time management skills and communicate effectively with kitchen staff and customers alike. A high school diploma and on-the-job training are required for employment in this professional post.

A Short Order Cook usually receives a pay level of somewhere between 16000 - 24000 depending on seniority. Cooks, Short Order can get a compensation of Twenty One Thousand One Hundred dollars each year.

Cooks, Short Order can get the highest pay in the District of Columbia, where they can get average pay scales of close to about $27450. Employees with these jobs are compensated most highly in Information, where they can get compensation, on average, of $29010.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 19.44 percent nationwide in that time.


Short Order Cooks tend to make the most in the following industries:

Transportation and Warehousing
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Educational Services
Public Administration
Health Care and Social Assistance

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
Wholesale Trade
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Accommodation and Food Services
Retail Trade