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Working As A Pizza Maker

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $22,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Pizza Maker Do

Cooks prepare, season, and cook a wide range of foods, which may include soups, salads, entrees, and desserts.

Duties

Cooks typically do the following:

  • Ensure the freshness of food and ingredients
  • Weigh, measure, and mix ingredients according to recipes
  • Bake, grill, or fry meats, fish, vegetables, and other foods
  • Boil and steam meats, fish, vegetables, and other foods
  • Arrange, garnish, and sometimes serve food
  • Clean work areas, equipment, utensils, and dishes
  • Cook, handle, and store food or ingredients

Cooks usually work under the direction of chefs, head cooks, or food service managers. Large restaurants and food service establishments often have multiple menus and large kitchen staffs. Teams of restaurant cooks, sometimes called assistant cooks or line cooks, work at assigned stations equipped with the necessary types of stoves, grills, pans, and ingredients.

Job titles often reflect the principal ingredient cooks prepare or the type of cooking they do—vegetable cook, fry cook, or grill cook, for example.

Cooks use a variety of kitchen equipment, including broilers, grills, slicers, grinders, and blenders.

The responsibilities of cooks vary depending on where they work, the size of the facility, and the level of service offered. However, in all establishments, they follow established sanitation procedures when handling food. For example, they store food and ingredients at the correct temperatures to prevent bacterial growth.

The following are examples of types of cooks:

Restaurant cooks prepare a wide selection of dishes and cook most orders individually. Some restaurant cooks may order supplies, set menu prices, and plan the daily menu.

Fast-food cooks prepare a limited selection of menu items in fast-food restaurants. They cook and package food, such as hamburgers and fried chicken, to be kept warm until served. For more information on workers who prepare and serve items in fast-food restaurants, see the profiles on food preparation workers and food and beverage serving and related workers.

Institution and cafeteria cooks work in the kitchens of schools, cafeterias, businesses, hospitals, and other institutions. For each meal, they prepare a large quantity of a limited number of entrees, vegetables, and desserts, according to preset menus. These cooks usually prepare meals in advance and seldom take special orders.

Short-order cooks prepare foods in restaurants and coffee shops that emphasize fast service and quick food preparation. They usually prepare sandwiches, fry eggs, and cook french fries, often working on several orders at the same time.

Private household cooks, sometimes called personal chefs, plan and prepare meals in private homes, according to the client’s tastes and dietary needs. They order groceries and supplies, clean the kitchen, and wash dishes and utensils. They also may cater parties, holiday meals, luncheons, and other social events. Private household cooks typically work for one full-time client, although some are self-employed or employed by an agency, regularly making meals for multiple clients.

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How To Become A Pizza Maker

Most cooks learn their skills through on-the-job training and work-related experience. Although no formal education is required, some restaurant cooks and private household cooks attend culinary schools. Others attend vocational or apprenticeship programs.

Education

Vocational cooking schools, professional culinary institutes, and some colleges offer culinary programs for aspiring cooks. These programs generally last from a few months to 2 years and may offer courses in advanced cooking techniques, international cuisines, and various cooking styles. To enter these programs, candidates may be required to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Depending on the type and length of the program, graduates generally qualify for entry-level positions as a restaurant cook.

Training

Most cooks learn their skills through on-the-job training, usually lasting a few weeks. Trainees generally first learn kitchen basics and workplace safety and then learn how to handle and cook food.

Some cooks learn through an apprenticeship program. Professional culinary institutes, industry associations, and trade unions may sponsor such programs for cooks. Typical apprenticeships last 1 year and combine technical training and work experience. Apprentices complete courses in food sanitation and safety, basic knife skills, and equipment operation. They also learn practical cooking skills under the supervision of an experienced chef.

The American Culinary Federation accredits more than 200 academic training programs and sponsors apprenticeships through these programs around the country. The basic qualifications for entering an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 17
  • High school education or equivalent
  • Pass substance abuse screening

Some hotels, a number of restaurants, and the Armed Forces have their own training programs.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many cooks learn their skills through work-related experience. They typically start as a kitchen helper or food preparation worker, learning basic cooking skills before they advance to assistant cook or line cook positions. Some learn by working under the guidance of a more experienced cook.

Advancement

The American Culinary Federation certifies chefs, personal chefs, pastry chefs, and culinary administrators, among others. For cooks seeking advancement to higher level chef positions, certification can show accomplishment and lead to higher paying positions.

Advancement opportunities for cooks often depend on training, work experience, and the ability to prepare more complex dishes. Those who learn new cooking skills and who handle greater responsibility, such as supervising kitchen staff in the absence of a chef, often advance. Some cooks may train or supervise kitchen staff, and some may become head cooks, chefs, or food service managers.

Important Qualities

Comprehension. Cooks need to understand orders and follow recipes to prepare dishes correctly.

Customer-service skills. Restaurant and short-order cooks must be able to interact effectively with customers and handle special requests.

Dexterity. Cooks should have excellent hand–eye coordination. For example, they need to use proper knife techniques for cutting, chopping, and dicing.

Physical stamina. Cooks spend a lot of time standing in one place, cooking food over hot stoves, and cleaning work areas.

Sense of taste and smell. Cooks must have a keen sense of taste and smell to prepare meals that customers enjoy.

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Average Length of Employment
Grill Operator 2.0 years
Cook 2.0 years
Can Maker 1.9 years
Pie Maker 1.9 years
Mexican Food Cook 1.9 years
Kitchen Cook 1.8 years
Cooker Cleaner 1.8 years
Cook/Server 1.7 years
Grill Cook 1.7 years
Pizza Chef 1.6 years
Fast Food Cook 1.6 years
Pizza Cook 1.4 years
Cook/Team Member 1.4 years
Fry Cook 1.3 years
Dough Maker 1.2 years
Pizza Maker 1.0 years
Top Careers Before Pizza Maker
Cashier 24.5%
Cook 7.0%
Server 5.8%
Line Cook 4.0%
Waitress 3.6%
Prep Cook 3.4%
Volunteer 2.7%
Hostess 2.7%
Manager 2.7%
Stocker 2.2%
Top Careers After Pizza Maker
Cashier 20.5%
Server 7.6%
Cook 6.8%
Line Cook 4.6%
Manager 3.5%
Waitress 3.3%
Prep Cook 3.0%
Hostess 2.5%

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Pizza Maker Demographics

Gender

Male

53.1%

Female

36.9%

Unknown

10.1%
Ethnicity

White

64.2%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Black or African American

9.7%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.6%

French

7.0%

Arabic

4.5%

Italian

2.8%

Japanese

2.8%

Chinese

2.4%

German

2.4%

Mandarin

1.4%

Turkish

1.4%

Russian

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Korean

0.7%

Croatian

0.7%

Tagalog

0.7%

Portuguese

0.7%

Cantonese

0.7%

Dakota

0.7%

Swahili

0.3%

Swedish

0.3%
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Pizza Maker Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.0%

The Academy

10.9%

Kaplan University

6.5%

Johnson & Wales University

5.7%

Sinclair Community College

4.6%

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

4.6%

Wayne State University

4.4%

Kirkwood Community College

4.4%

Erie Community College

4.4%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

4.4%

Moraine Valley Community College

4.1%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

4.1%

Ashford University

4.1%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

4.1%

Full Sail University

3.8%

Bakersfield College

3.8%

Kent State University

3.5%

Heartland Community College

3.5%

Vincennes University

3.5%

Southeast Missouri State University

3.5%
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Majors

Business

17.4%

Culinary Arts

9.0%

General Studies

8.8%

Criminal Justice

8.2%

Nursing

6.8%

Psychology

5.7%

Medical Assisting Services

4.5%

Accounting

3.9%

Graphic Design

3.6%

Health Care Administration

3.5%

Education

3.4%

Liberal Arts

3.3%

Computer Science

3.2%

Automotive Technology

3.1%

Communication

2.8%

Biology

2.8%

Cosmetology

2.7%

English

2.7%

Kinesiology

2.4%

Management

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

48.7%

Bachelors

23.4%

Associate

16.9%

Certificate

6.1%

Diploma

2.8%

Masters

1.3%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
$22,000
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$15,000
Min 10%
$22,000
Median 50%
$22,000
Median 50%
$22,000
Median 50%
$22,000
Median 50%
$22,000
Median 50%
$22,000
Median 50%
$22,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Plaza Hotel & Casino
Highest Paying City
Petaluma, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.4 years
How much does a Pizza Maker make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Pizza Maker in the United States is $22,434 per year or $11 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $15,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $32,000.

Real Pizza Maker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Artisan Pizzamaker & Chef Panigero, LLC Hoboken, NJ Jan 28, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Pizza Makers The Grump Inc. Chatham, MA Apr 01, 2015 $28,362
Pizza Maker Best Pie Inc. D/B/A Papa John's Pizza Neptune, NJ Jan 21, 2009 $22,957
Pizza Maker Top Oven Restaurant Corp Wilton, CT Oct 27, 2016 $21,694
Pizza Maker Champion/Pizza Acrobat Champion Satellite Pizza LLC. North Las Vegas, NV Oct 20, 2009 $21,329
Pizza Maker Champion/Pizza Acrobat Champion Satellite Pizza LLC. North Las Vegas, NV Oct 20, 2009 $20,870
Pizza Maker Village Falls LLC Tinton Falls, NJ May 11, 2015 $18,886
Pizza Maker RKR Foods Inc. Mundelein, IL Nov 20, 2009 $16,078
Pizza Maker JASH Inc. Antioch, IL Jan 12, 2010 $16,078

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Top Skills for A Pizza Maker

  1. Pizza Boxes
  2. Food Safety
  3. Kitchen Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Restocked condiments, beverages, ice machine, food supplies such as cups, lids, pizza boxes and food containers.
  • Followed food safety procedures according to company policies and health and sanitation regulations.
  • Conducted daily inspections and maintained food sanitation and kitchen equipment safety reports.
  • Ring up customers, answer phone calls, prepared order, stock inventory, keep the facility to health code standards,
  • Maintained high standards of customer service during high-volume, fast-paced operations.

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