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Chef Assistant Salary

Pay for Chef Assistants in the United States sits in the ballpark of $11.11 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.52 per hour to $16.94. Male Chef Assistants who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (62 percent) are men. Job satisfaction for Chef Assistants is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about one-half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by nearly one-half and dental coverage is claimed by just over two-fifths. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$17,940 - $53,829
(Median)
18K
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40K
54K
MEDIAN: $30,588
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$8.52 - $16.94
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$17,940 - $53,829  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,003  
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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$18,108 - $41,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 42
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.52 - $16.94  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.85  
Overtime
$5.15 - $22.98  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,003  
   
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).
)
$18,108 - $41,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 118
United States (change)

Job Description for Chef Assistant

  • 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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Chef Assistants who transition into an upper level Executive Chef role may receive a large increase in pay as the position pays an average $53K per year. When Chef Assistants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Sous Chefs or Head Chefs & Cooks. Those roles pay an additional $9K and $5K, respectively.

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Experience Affects Chef Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 51%