Chef Assistant Salary

Average Chef Assistants in the United States make around $11.71 per hour. Compensation ranges from $8.88 per hour on the lower end to $17.22 on the higher end. Most Chef Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Chef Assistants (69 percent) survey respondents are men. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to one-half lack coverage. On the flip side, a little less than half have medical insurance and around two in five receive dental plans. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$17,879 - $58,536
(Median)
$18K
$31K
$59K
MEDIAN: $30,511
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$8.88 - $17.22
(Median)
$8
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$17
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$17,879 - $58,536  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,017  
Profit Sharing
$900  
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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$18,637 - $41,131  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.88 - $17.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.99  
Overtime
$7.76 - $22.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,017  
   
Profit Sharing
$900  
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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$18,637 - $41,131  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 123
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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 $53K on average per year. 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 $4K more.

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Experience Affects Chef Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 46%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
medical benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 51%
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