Chef Assistant Salary
Average Chef Assistants in the United States make around $12.78 per hour. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the vast majority of Chef Assistants (82 percent) who took the survey. While some workers in this profession — just over a half — do not have any health coverage, one-half do receive medical benefits and approximately one-third have dental insurance.
|Salary||$19,000 - $205,000|
|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).)
|$18,725 - $42,655|
|Hourly Rate||$8.52 - $16.43|
|Hourly Tips||$0.00 - $4.93|
|Overtime||$7.20 - $23.63|
|Total Pay (||$18,725 - $42,655|
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.Read More...
Educational and experience requirements vary depending on the position. Some require graduation from a culinary school, while others only require demonstration of cooking skills. While some positions are entry level, some may require previous experience in a kitchen environment. A high school diploma or equivalent may be required or preferred as well.
Chef assistants' hours vary depending on their organization's requirements, and they may need to have a flexible schedule to accommodate varying needs in their business. These professionals must have strong customer service and interpersonal skills, and they must be able to work with a variety of professionals in a fast-paced environment. In some positions, the chef assistant must be creative and help develop new menu items.
Chef Assistant Tasks
- 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.
- Purchase, verify quality and quantity of food and kitchen supplies required for daily activities and various functions.
- 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.
Common Career Paths for Chef Assistant
Chef Assistants who go on to become Executive Chefs may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Executive Chefs is $54K annually. A common career progression for a Chef Assistant is to become a Sous Chef or a Head Chef & Cook. Compared to Chef Assistants, the first group earns $8K more on average, and the second group earns $3K more.
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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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