Average Prep Cook Salary
$25,000 yearly
$12.23 hourly
Updated August 18, 2021
$20,000
10 %
$25,000
Median
$31,000
90 %
What Is The Average Prep Cook Salary?
The average prep cook salary is $25,441 per year, or $12.23 per hour, in the United States. In terms of salary range, an entry level prep cook salary is roughly $20,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $31,000. If you like following the crowd, hospitality and retail companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out retail, pharmaceutical, and hospitality companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. Hawaii, Washington, Alaska, Massachusetts, and New York provide the highest prep cook salaries.
PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$31,000
$2,583
$15
75th Percentile
$28,000
$2,333
$13
Average
$25,441
$2,120
$12
25th Percentile
$22,000
$1,833
$11
10th Percentile
$20,000
$1,667
$10

Average Prep Cook Salary By State

The darker areas on the map show where prep cooks earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Prep Cook average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
$19,826
$9.53
Alaska
$32,237
$15.50
Arizona
$24,472
$11.77
Arkansas
$19,958
$9.60
California
$30,304
$14.57
Colorado
$26,976
$12.97
Connecticut
$27,094
$13.03
Delaware
$24,329
$11.70
District of Columbia
$27,493
$13.22
Florida
$22,222
$10.68
Georgia
$20,045
$9.64
Hawaii
$37,079
$17.83
Idaho
$21,193
$10.19
Illinois
$26,962
$12.96
Indiana
$23,642
$11.37
Iowa
$21,971
$10.56
Kansas
$23,284
$11.19
Kentucky
$20,552
$9.88
Louisiana
$17,909
$8.61
Maine
$28,145
$13.53
Maryland
$26,067
$12.53
Massachusetts
$30,847
$14.83
Michigan
$23,827
$11.46
Minnesota
$25,300
$12.16
Mississippi
$17,653
$8.49
Missouri
$21,863
$10.51
Montana
$20,404
$9.81
Nebraska
$23,988
$11.53
Nevada
$25,901
$12.45
New Hampshire
$27,118
$13.04
New Jersey
$29,356
$14.11
New Mexico
$20,189
$9.71
New York
$30,365
$14.60
North Carolina
$19,640
$9.44
North Dakota
$24,342
$11.70
Ohio
$23,628
$11.36
Oklahoma
$21,650
$10.41
Oregon
$27,196
$13.07
Pennsylvania
$26,243
$12.62
Rhode Island
$30,181
$14.51
South Carolina
$20,830
$10.01
South Dakota
$22,508
$10.82
Tennessee
$23,421
$11.26
Texas
$19,821
$9.53
Utah
$23,644
$11.37
Vermont
$30,027
$14.44
Virginia
$20,532
$9.87
Washington
$33,242
$15.98
West Virginia
$18,797
$9.04
Wisconsin
$23,790
$11.44
Wyoming
$23,086
$11.10

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Highest Paying Cities For Prep Cook

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Seattle, WA
$34,064
$16.38
San Francisco, CA
$32,969
$15.85
Boston, MA
$30,849
$14.83
Washington, DC
$27,503
$13.22
Denver, CO
$26,987
$12.97
Baltimore, MD
$26,259
$12.62

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Average Prep Cook Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $25,400
    $12.23
    +5.1%
    2020
    $24,100
    $11.61
    +4.1%
    2019
    $23,100
    $11.13
    +4.3%
    2018
    $22,200
    $10.65
    +2.6%
    2017
    $21,600
    $10.37
    +1.5%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Cook/Dishwasher

    Avg. salary: $23,734

    Cooks/dishwashers must develop kitchen skills to excel in this line of job. Each cook or dishwasher must learn to develop skills in food preparation, sanitation, and customer service. Cooks or dishwashers can be assigned to different areas, either in the kitchen area, food preparation, or in washing dishes. The scope of their responsibilities may include the cooking surface area, specific food items, or menu items. Also, they are expected to maintain the cleanliness of the kitchen, assist in preparing food, and may do any other duties demanded by the chef.
    65,151 Cook/Dishwasher Jobs
    Cook/Server

    Avg. salary: $24,623

    Cooks/servers are employees who take on the dual role of being a cook and a server in the restaurant. They are usually trained cooks who are in charge of preparing meals for the guests. They prepare ingredients, cook them according to the recipe, and serve them to guests. They are responsible for ensuring that the food is prepared and served to guests within the promised time. They are in charge of managing the pantry, ensuring that the stock is fresh, and checking whether the stock is low. They are expected to have culinary skills, precision, and time management skills.
    171,114 Cook/Server Jobs
    Line Cook/Dishwasher

    Avg. salary: $26,008

    A line cook/dishwasher is primarily in charge of prepping food and maintaining their work station's cleanliness while adhering to health standards and protocols. Among their duties include washing and chopping vegetables, cutting meat according to requirements, preparing sauces, and cooking according to an executive chef's directives. They also participate in cleaning and sterilizing kitchen tools and equipment, monitoring the inventory of ingredients, unloading stock deliveries, and taking care of leftovers. Additionally, as a line cook/dishwasher, it is essential to maintain an open communication line with fellow kitchen staff for an efficient workflow.
    70,414 Line Cook/Dishwasher Jobs
    Food Prep

    Avg. salary: $23,693

    The primary duty of a food prep is to accomplish various food handling and preparation tasks according to the direction of supervisors, chefs, or cooks. One can work in different establishments or industry where there is food involved. Among the responsibilities will mostly revolve around doing light to moderate chores such as cleaning the kitchen and sanitizing utensils, preparing the required ingredients and ensure its quality and quantity, be in charge of food storage, and assist by performing basic cooking tasks.
    103,512 Food Prep Jobs
    Short Order Cook

    Avg. salary: $25,326

    A short-order cook takes responsibility for preparing foods in cafes and restaurants. Usually, they fry eggs, cook fries, and prepare sandwiches. Short order cooks work alongside line chefs in the foodservice market. Their manner of preparing food is quick, easy, and simple. They plan and handle work orders ensuring that all orders are complete and served on time. Strong communication, customer service, a good sense of taste, and the ability to work efficiently are necessary requirements for the job.
    103,730 Short Order Cook Jobs
    Kitchen Cook

    Avg. salary: $26,595

    A kitchen cook prepares food for customers. Kitchen cooks help devise new menu items and methods of cooking. Their duties are to prepare food before the arrival of guests, manage employees in the kitchen, and season food according to recipe needs. They assist other cooks during the food assembly process, estimate food consumption, and organize preparation. They keep records and accounts of food purchases, prepare any necessary sauce before the meal service begins, and so on. As kitchen cooks, they must excel in organizational skills, verbal communication, culinary arts, and kitchen equipment. They should be equipped with knowledge of international cuisines, butchering, and basic computational skills.
    149,561 Kitchen Cook Jobs

    Prep Cook Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a prep cook can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Which Companies Pay Prep Cooks The Most?

    If you want to get paid the most as a prep cook, being employed by a company such as Logan's Roadhouse or Cache Creek Casino Resort would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like O'Charley's and The Cheesecake Factory also report highly competitive salaries for prep cooks.
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    Recently Added Prep Cook Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Kikka Sushi
    Food Prep/Cook
    Food Prep/Cook
    Basalt, CO
    08/31/2021
    $33,392
    08/31/2021
    Prep Cook
    Denver, CO
    08/31/2021
    $25,712
    08/31/2021
    Delaware North
    Prep Cook, Tulsa Airport
    Prep Cook, Tulsa Airport
    Tulsa, OK
    08/31/2021
    $24,001
    08/31/2021
    Sodexo
    Prep Cook/Cook I-Garbanzo at Sodexo-GMU
    Prep Cook/Cook I-Garbanzo at Sodexo-GMU
    Fairfax, VA
    08/31/2021
    $31,305
    08/31/2021
    Nugget Markets
    Prep Cook !
    Prep Cook !
    Woodland, CA
    08/31/2021
    $37,566
    08/31/2021
    Delaware North
    Prep Cook, Lexington Airport
    Prep Cook, Lexington Airport
    Lexington, KY
    08/31/2021
    $25,044
    08/31/2021
    The Spicy Radish
    Prep Cook
    Prep Cook
    Denver, CO
    08/30/2021
    $37,566
    08/30/2021
    Delaware North
    Prep Cook, Big Meadows Lodge
    Prep Cook, Big Meadows Lodge
    Luray, VA
    08/30/2021
    $29,218
    08/30/2021
    Poached
    Prep-Cook
    Prep-Cook
    Lynnwood, WA
    08/30/2021
    $37,566
    08/30/2021
    Prep Cook
    Anaheim, CA
    08/30/2021
    $29,218
    08/30/2021

    Average Prep Cook Salary by Demographic

    Prep Cook Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $25,960
    female-income
    Female Income
    $25,269
    Median Prep Cook Income by Race
    Asian prep cooks have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american prep cooks have the lowest average salary at $25,282.
    $27,000
    $26,000
    $25,000
    Unknown
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Unknown$25,660
    White$25,305
    Black or African American$25,282
    Asian$26,011
    Hispanic or Latino$25,814
    Average Prep Cook Salary by Education Level
    Prep cooks with a Bachelors degree earn more than those without, at $26,960 annually. With a Associate degree, prep cooks earn a median annual income of $26,946 compared to $25,960 for prep cooks with an High School Diploma degree.
    $27,000
    $26,000
    $25,000
    High School Diploma or Less
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$25,960
    Bachelor's Degree$26,960
    Some College/ Associate Degree$26,946