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Prep Cook

National
$12.00 /hr
VA
$13.50 /hr

Prep Cook

When guests in a restaurant order entrees, the chefs behind the scenes don't have time to do all the prep work and get the dish cooked and out in a timely manner. A prep cook does much of the preparation.

Daily duties include:

  • Washing produce; chopping fruits and vegetables
  • Cutting and/or grinding meat
  • Mixing and weighing ingredients
  • Marinating or otherwise preparing ingredients used in appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, and desserts.

Average Salaries for

This estimated salary is an approximation based on compensation data points gathered from similar job postings or existing salaries for the same or similar job title within the same market. Average salary insights are based on aggregate data and are not specific to any individual job posting.

Prep Cook

National
$12.00 /hr
VA
$13.50 /hr

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Top Pay by Location

These cities have the highest paying median for Prep Cook
New York, NY
$13.25 /hr
Philadelphia, PA
$12.65 /hr
Orlando, FL
$12.35 /hr
San Diego, CA
$11.90 /hr
Los Angeles, CA
$11.70 /hr
Indianapolis, IN
$11.60 /hr
Denver, CO
$11.55 /hr
Charlotte, NC
$11.45 /hr
Salary information is calculated from job seeker profiles and job postings. Both hourly and yearly wages could be reported.

Daily duties include:

  • Washing produce; chopping fruits and vegetables
  • Cutting and/or grinding meat
  • Mixing and weighing ingredients
  • Marinating or otherwise preparing ingredients used in appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, and desserts.

Insider Tips

A Prep Cook is typically paid an average hourly wage of around $12.00 per hour. In the culinary world, this position is often seen as a stepping stone. A prep cook must have physical stamina and be able to spend hours on his or her feet, along with the ability to listen to and follow instructions. This role usually requires little to no formal education.