Chef Assistant Salary

Chef Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.33 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $8.85 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $16.29. Men make up the majority of Chef Assistants (67 percent) survey respondents. Although slightly less than one-half have medical coverage and nearly two in five have dental coverage, around half claim no health benefits at all. The majority of Chef Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$17,960 - $58,065

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$8.85 - $16.29

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$17,960 - $58,065  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,005  
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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$18,620 - $41,577  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.85 - $16.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.43  
Overtime
$4.93 - $22.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,005  
   
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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$18,620 - $41,577  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Executive Chef. The latter position pays an average of $53K annually. 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.

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Experience Affects Chef Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 46% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 51%
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