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Chef Assistant Salary

The average Chef Assistant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $11.39 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.77 per hour and $16.60. Male Chef Assistants are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 66 percent of professionals. While some workers in this profession — a little more than half — do not have any health coverage, a little less than one-half do receive medical benefits and more than two-fifths have dental insurance. The majority of Chef Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$17,838 - $56,673
(Median)
$18K
$30K
$57K
MEDIAN: $30,432
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$8.77 - $16.60
(Median)
$8
$11
$17
MEDIAN: $11.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$17,838 - $56,673  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
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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$18,425 - $41,280  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.77 - $16.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.43  
Overtime
$4.50 - $22.94  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
   
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).
)
$18,425 - $41,280  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 119

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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 who go on to become Executive Chefs may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Executive Chefs is $53K annually. It is quite typical for Chef Assistants to transition into roles as Sous Chefs or Head Chefs & Cooks, where reported median earnings are $9K and $5K higher per year.

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Experience Affects Chef Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 46% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 52%
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