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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 $16.72
Low $13.01
High $21.49
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a line cook is $16.72 per hour in the United States. 110.9k salaries reported, updated at December 1, 2022

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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. Nordstrom
    15,134 reviews59 salaries reported
    $20.09per hour
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Highest paying cities for Line Cooks near United States

  1. New York, NY
    $20.16 per hour
    995 salaries reported
  2. Denver, CO
    $19.65 per hour
    1.2k salaries reported
  3. Chicago, IL
    $18.55 per hour
    711 salaries reported
  1. Los Angeles, CA
    $18.44 per hour
    1k salaries reported
  2. Philadelphia, PA
    $16.88 per hour
    414 salaries reported
  3. Atlanta, GA
    $16.85 per hour
    1k salaries reported
  1. Miami, FL
    $16.70 per hour
    808 salaries reported
  2. Charlotte, NC
    $16.17 per hour
    972 salaries reported
  3. Orlando, FL
    $15.72 per hour
    857 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 $16.72 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

Hilton Alexandria
Mission Staffing LLC
Polly's Pies
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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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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?


172,330 job openings

Average $14.93 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Line Cook

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