Chef Assistant Salary

Chef Assistants in the United States pull down an average of $11.35 per hour. Pay generally varies between $8.79 per hour and $16.25. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, around half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by nearly one-half and dental insurance is reported by just over two-fifths. Chef Assistants who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 67 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$17,960 - $55,708
(Median)
$18K
$30K
$56K
MEDIAN: $30,277
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$8.79 - $16.25
(Median)
$8
$11
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$17,960 - $55,708  
   
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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$18,489 - $41,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.79 - $16.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.17  
Overtime
$4.50 - $22.94  
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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$18,489 - $41,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118
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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 transition into an Executive Chef role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $53K per year. A common career progression for a Chef Assistant is to become a Sous Chef or a Head Chef & Cook. Compared to Chef Assistants, the first group earns $9K more on average, and the second group earns $5K more.

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Experience Affects Chef Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 49%
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