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Line cook salary in United States

How much does a Line Cook make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $17.33
Low $13.53
High $22.19
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a line cook is $17.33 per hour in the United States. 118.9k salaries reported, updated at November 25, 2023

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

Years of experiencePer hour
Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
More than 10 years
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Top companies for Line Cooks in United States

  1. Tavern in the square
    91 reviews111 salaries reported
    $21.17per hour
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Highest paying cities for Line Cooks near United States

  1. New York, NY
    $20.30 per hour
    1.7k salaries reported
  2. Los Angeles, CA
    $19.24 per hour
    971 salaries reported
  3. Chicago, IL
    $19.08 per hour
    733 salaries reported
  1. Philadelphia, PA
    $17.57 per hour
    525 salaries reported
  2. Pittsburgh, PA
    $16.94 per hour
    653 salaries reported
  3. Indianapolis, IN
    $16.57 per hour
    248 salaries reported
  1. Las Vegas, NV
    $16.56 per hour
    754 salaries reported
  2. Orlando, FL
    $16.38 per hour
    898 salaries reported
  3. San Antonio, TX
    $15.50 per hour
    648 salaries reported
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Where can a Line Cook earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Line Cooks

Most recommended certification

Food Handler Certification

(earn +3.13% more)

The jobs requiring this certification have increase by 34.70% since 2018. Line Cooks with this certification earn +3.13% more than the average base salary, which is $17.33 per hour.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this certificationChange from previous year
20116increase by 6
20121498increase by 24866.67%
20135850increase by 290.52%
20149276increase by 58.56%
20159276decrease by 0.00%
201615509increase by 67.19%
201719083increase by 23.04%
201821778increase by 14.12%
201929335increase by 34.70%

Top companies hiring Line Cooks with the recommended certification

Burtons Grill & Bar
Bar Louie
Honor Brewing Company
Uncle Julio's
River Creek Club
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Top skills
Culinary Experience

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top SkillsSalaryJob openingsCompanies
2,364 jobs6,030
99 jobs130
109 jobs202
2,930 jobs7,110
15 jobs16
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Most common benefits for Line Cooks

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • AD&D insurance
  • Commuter assistance
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Food provided
  • Free parking
  • Gym membership
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid time off
  • Paid training
  • Parental leave
  • Pet insurance
  • Profit sharing
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
  • Wellness program
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 21,855 ratings

36% of Line Cooks in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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Common questions about salaries for a Line Cook

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