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Prep Cook Salary

How Much Does a Prep Cook Make in the United States?

The average base salary for a Prep Cook in the United States in 2024 is a month or $32,427 per year, according to the most recent data averaged from ZipRecruiter, Talent.com and Salary.com.

Average Prep Cook Base Salary:

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$15.59
$15.59
15.59

The average wage for a Prep Cook is per hour.

Annual Mean Wage of Prep Cooks by State

[Calculated using Glassdoor, ZipRecruiter, Talent.com, Salary.com and Indeed data]

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Prep Cook Salary in Major US Cities

Miami

Annual mean wage

$33,967

# of employees

18,530

New York City

Annual mean wage

$41,255

# of employees

50,100

Chicago

Annual mean wage

$38,971

# of employees

26,640

Los Angeles

Annual mean wage

$40,819

# of employees

40,360

[Calculated using  Glassdoor, Salary.com and Indeed data]

High-Paying Cities for Prep Cooks

CityAvg SalaryAvg Hourly Wage
Chicago, IL38,97118.74
Los Angeles, CA40,81919.62
Miami, FL33,96716.33
NYC, NY41,25519.83

Average Prep Cook Salary by State

Explore the average Prep Cook salary by state.

StateAvg. Salary
Alabama$31,690
Alaska$35,613
Arizona$34,613
Arkansas$29,681
California$38,066
Colorado$35,719
Connecticut$35,367
Delaware$33,392
Florida$30,947
Georgia$31,586
Hawaii$37,321
Idaho$33,798
Illinois$34,027
Indiana$32,476
Iowa$34,661
Kansas$32,281
Kentucky$31,302
Louisiana$29,672
Maine$35,988
Maryland$33,815
Massachusetts$37,392
Michigan$31,609
Minnesota$36,342
Mississippi$27,540
Missouri$32,215
Montana$34,315
Nebraska$31,546
Nevada$34,037
New Hampshire$36,608
New Jersey$36,390
New Mexico$31,270
New York$37,595
North Carolina$32,513
North Dakota$33,785
Ohio$32,539
Oklahoma$30,007
Oregon$35,597
Pennsylvania$33,964
Rhode Island$36,670
South Carolina$32,143
South Dakota$31,825
Tennessee$31,746
Texas$33,465
Utah$32,509
Vermont$37,366
Virginia$33,619
Washington$39,036
West Virginia$29,474
Wisconsin$33,800
Wyoming$30,979
District of Columbia$35,862

How Much Do Similar Careers to Prep Cooks Get Paid?

On average, Prep Cooks make more than Food Runners and Bussers, but less than Line Cooks.

Job TitleAverage Salary
Food Runner
Busser
Line Cook

Labor Laws and Taxes for Prep Cooks

As a Prep Cook, you need to be aware of the minimum wage, tipped wage credit, overtime pay and leave policies in your state.

Check out the guides below or view more labor laws:

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