A nationwide analysis of line cooks’ wages has revealed a disparity between average salaries and the cost of living in all 50 states.
The survey, carried out by hospitality network Industry, sheds light on the current state of the line cook profession and provides data-backed recommendations to employers for average hourly wages.
According to the poll, 87% of cooks care more about the company they work for than how much they get paid, while 38% of line cooks say they would leave their job to make $0.50 more per hour.
Noting that the work of a line cook is invaluable to the success of a kitchen, Matthew Cecil, Industry’s CEO says that data shows how cooks have options, and simply cannot be paid minimum wage.
“The work of the line cook is often undervalued compared to the quality of talent needed for a thriving kitchen,” said Cecil. “For cooks, this lack of alignment can result in poor quality of life, which in turn impacts job performance. On the other side, low wages lend to a lackluster hiring pool for managers to recruit from – that’s a lose-lose for everyone.”
Through presenting data-backed salary recommendations, Industry supports both the cook and hiring managers with insider insights that allow companies to stand out against their competitors and connect with the best line cooks in their city.
The full report can be downloaded HERE.