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.
|Salary||$19,966 - $59,235|
|Total Pay (||$18,616 - $43,158|
|Hourly Rate||$8.77 - $16.43|
|Hourly Tips||$0.00 - $4.97|
|Overtime||$7.93 - $23.49|
|Total Pay (||$18,616 - $43,158|
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
- 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
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.
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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