Earnings for Chef Assistants in the United States come in at around $11.78 per hour on average. Male Chef Assistants are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Work is enjoyable for Chef Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. More than a third enjoy medical while a little less than a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under one in four.

$19,824 - $209,000
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MEDIAN: $38,000
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$8.71 - $16.29
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$19,824 - $209,000  
   
Bonus
$400.00  
Total Pay (?
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$18,348 - $42,205  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.71 - $16.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.00  
Overtime
$4.14 - $22.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$400.00  
   
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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$18,348 - $42,205  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 69
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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.

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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. Career advancement for the typical Chef Assistant often leads to becoming a Sous Chef or a Head Chef & Cook; median salaries in these positions are $9K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Chef Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $27K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $26K. Chef Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $31K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $21K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Chef Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 36%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
medical benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 61%
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