Chef Assistant Salary

An average Chef Assistant in the United States can expect to take home roughly $11.71 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.88 per hour to $17.22. Men make up the majority of Chef Assistants (69 percent) survey respondents. While one-half report receiving no health benefits, close to one-half do receive medical coverage, and nearly two in five have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$17,879 - $58,536
(Median)
$18K
$31K
$59K
MEDIAN: $30,511
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$8.88 - $17.22
(Median)
$8
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $11.00
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90%

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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).
)
$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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Chef Assistants may progress into high-paying roles like Executive Chef, where median compensation is $53K annually. 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 $8K and $4K, respectively.

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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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