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.

$19,000 - $205,000
$19K
$33K
$200K
MEDIAN: $32,697
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50%
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$8.52 - $16.43
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$13
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MEDIAN: $12.78
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$0$205K
Salary $19,000 - $205,000
Total Pay (?
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$18,725 - $42,655
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 14
Hourly Data $0$23
Hourly Rate $8.52 - $16.43
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $4.93
Overtime $7.20 - $23.63
Annual Data $0$42K
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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$18,725 - $42,655
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 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

  • 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


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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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Key Stats for Chef Assistant

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Chef Assistant Salaries

Experienced
▲14%

Mid-Career
▼0%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
▼6%

Late-Career
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
no benefits
None: 52%
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