Line cooks at Applebee's usually work one station per shift, such as grilling steaks. They set their stations up with utensils, spices and other accouterments, prep the grills and remove meats and vegetables from freezers. The biggest challenge for line cooks is coordinating the cooking of menu items while meeting Applebee's food presentation standards. If you can picture yourself hovering over a hot grill, with people shouting orders at you during rush hour, a job as an Applebee's line cook may be perfect for you. Average incomes are relatively low compared to most jobs.
Applebee's line cooks -- some of whom work part-time -- get paid by the hour. They earned average hourly rates of $10.67 in 2013, according to Glassdoor, or $21,350 per year. The job website Indeed lists average annual incomes for Applebee's line cooks at $24,000, or $11.54 per hour. Your annual income at Applebee's would likely fall between $14,000 and $36,000 in this job, or between $7 and $14 per hour. Incomes are usually contingent on experience, where you live and the number of years you've been with the restaurant.
Work Environment and Qualifications
It takes a lot of patience and hard work to be a line cook at Applebee's. You must be able to prepare meals quickly and accurately while standing on your feet for hours each shift. Although you don't necessary need a high school degree, you must be 18 to work as a line cook at Applebee's. Other essential requirements include physical strength, manual dexterity, mobility and the ability to read and write.
Income by Region
In 2013, average incomes for Applebee's line cooks varied within the four U.S. regions. In the Northeast region, the lowest incomes, $22,000, were in Pennsylvania and Maine, and the highest, $29,000, was in New York, according to Indeed. Midwesterners made between $19,000 and $26,000 per year, with the lowest earnings in South Dakota and highest in Illinois. If you worked in the South, you'd make $21,000 or $29,000, respectively, in Louisiana or Mississippi, which represented the lowest and highest salaries in that region. In the West, your annual income would range from $17,000 to $27,000, respectively, in Hawaii or California.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't project job trends for Applebee's or line cooks in general. It does forecast job opportunities for chefs and head cooks, however, and expects them to remain the same over the next decade. You should be able to find a job as line cook because of high turnover in the restaurant industry. More jobs as an Applebee's line cook likely will be available in high-growth areas, especially where new shopping centers are under construction.
2016 Salary Information for Chefs and Head Cooks
Chefs and head cooks earned a median annual salary of $43,180 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, chefs and head cooks earned a 25th percentile salary of $32,230, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $59,080, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 146,500 people were employed in the U.S. as chefs and head cooks.
- Snagajob: Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar Line Cook
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Chefs and Head Cooks: Job Outlook
- Glassdoor: Applebee's Line Cook Hourly Pay
- Indeed: Applebee's Line Cook Salary
- Indeed: Applebees Line Cook Salary in Maine, Pennsylvania, and New York
- Indeed: Applebees Line Cook Salary in Hawaii, and California
- Indeed: Applebees Line Cook Salary in Louisiana, and Mississippi
- Indeed: Applebees Line Cook Salary in South Dakota, and Illinois
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: Chefs and Head Cooks
- Career Trend: Chefs and Head Cooks