Salary for Restaurant Cooks

Also known as:  Banquet Cook, Breakfast Cook, Chef De Partie, Line Cook, Saucier, Specialty Cook

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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 earns an average salary ranging from $20,100 - $39,840 depending on experience. get average salaries of twenty-nine thousand five hundred and thirty dollars annually.

receive the highest compensation in District of Columbia, which has average job salaries of just about $37,040. These employees make the highest salary in Finance and Insurance, where they can receive wages of $36,900.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 45.92 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Restaurant Cooks tend to make the most in the following industries:

Finance and Insurance
$36,900
Transportation and Warehousing
$32,530
Educational Services
$31,460
Health Care and Social Assistance
$31,350
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$31,290
Retail Trade
$31,240

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Public Administration
$27,190
Information
$28,230
Accommodation and Food Services
$29,440
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$29,920
Manufacturing
$30,250
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$30,270