Chef Assistant Salary

Chef Assistants in the United States take home approximately $12.22 per hour on average. Although more than two-fifths have medical coverage and about one in four have dental coverage, a little more than half claim no health benefits at all. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Chef Assistants who answered the questionnnaire. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$19,966 - $59,235
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$31K
$59K
MEDIAN: $31,154
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$8.77 - $16.43
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MEDIAN: $12.22
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$19,966 - $59,235  
   
Bonus
$400.00  
Total Pay (?
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$18,616 - $43,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.77 - $16.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.97  
Overtime
$7.93 - $23.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$400.00  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,616 - $43,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 68

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Job Description for Chef Assistant

A chef assistant works under the supervision of a chef at a restaurant, cafeteria, catering company, bakery or other food service establishment. The chef assistant often performs inventory and supply ordering duties, as well as assists in kitchen preparation so that the chef can more easily cook meals. These professionals must make sure the kitchen area and equipment are clean, safe and sanitized. Preparation duties performed by the chef assistant may include mixing, chopping and basic cooking. In some cases, the chef assistant works directly with customers as well.

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Chef Assistant Tasks

  • Estimate the amount and kind of food to be purchased, taking into account the nature of the function and the number of guests.
  • Plan, budget, provision and maintain inventory.
  • Purchase, verify quality and quantity of food and kitchen supplies required for daily activities and various functions.
  • Assist in the planning of the menu and in the preparation of the meals for varying sized groups.
  • Clean and/or insure the sanitary conditions and operating order of kitchen appliances, equipment, food storage areas and the kitchen itself.

Common Career Paths for Chef Assistant


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As Chef Assistants transition into upper-level roles such as Executive Chef, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Executive Chefs earn $54K on average per year. Chef Assistants most often move into positions as Sous Chefs or Head Chefs & Cooks; those groups report median salaries that are $9K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Chef Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Chef Assistant has a negative trend. An entry-level Chef Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 53 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chef Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 21 salaries. An experienced Chef Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 18 salaries. A Chef Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 7 salaries.

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Key Stats for Chef Assistant

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Chef Assistant Salaries

Experienced
▲17%

Mid-Career
▲4%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
▼3%

Late-Career
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 45%
dental benefits
Dental: 24%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
no benefits
None: 55%