Chef de Cuisine Salary

Chef de Cuisines in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just below two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $50K per year, but may range from $32K to $68K per year. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Chef de Cuisines claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by just under a half. The vast majority of Chef de Cuisines (81 percent) survey respondents are men. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,079 - $66,963
$35K
$50K
$67K
MEDIAN: $50,207
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50%
90%

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$10.39 - $19.35
$10
$15
$19
MEDIAN: $15.33
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$35,079 - $66,963  
   
Bonus
$604 - $10,161  
Profit Sharing
$3,583  
Commission
$4,000  
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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$32,393 - $67,740  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 356
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.39 - $19.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.93  
Overtime
$0.00 - $27.90  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$604 - $10,161  
   
Commission
$4,000  
Profit Sharing
$3,583  
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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$32,393 - $67,740  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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Job Description for Chef de Cuisine

In finer dining restaurants, the chef de cuisine is in charge of all kitchen operations from creating the menu to overseeing product and prep work to creating and conducting the final examination of plates to be sent out to guests. The chef typically has one or more assistant chefs (sous chefs) to assist with these tasks, as well as help supervise cooks and other kitchen personnel. Successful chefs de cuisine must effectively source the necessary food supplies required for their menus, as well as conduct food cost analysis to ensure that restaurant pricing creates a cost-of-goods-sold percentage that matches the needs of the restaurant. The chef typically schedules prep work for the kitchen based on expected business volume as well.

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Chef de Cuisine Tasks

  • Supervise kitchen staff, overseeing food production and ensuring compliance to recipes and health regulations.
  • Conduct quality checks of food products, both received and cooked, and monitor sanitation practices.
  • Participate in recipe and menu development, training staff on food production procedures.
  • Manage food and labor costs, purchase supplies, and track inventory.

Common Career Paths for Chef de Cuisine


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As Chef de Cuisines transition into upper-level roles such as Hotel Executive Chef, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Hotel Executive Chefs earn $60K on average per year. The most common career progression for Chef de Cuisines leads to becoming an Executive Chef, where average pay is $54K annually. However, many Chef de Cuisines also opt to become Executive Sous Chefs. Typically, an Executive Sous Chef brings home $47K.

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Popular Skills for Chef de Cuisine


Survey results suggest that Chef de Cuisines put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Menu Planning, Operations Management, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Food Preparation are, more often than not, also skilled in Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chef de Cuisine

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $41K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $49K. For Chef de Cuisines, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $52K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $49K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,366

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Chef de Cuisines, 35 percent above the national average. Chef de Cuisines will also find cushy salaries in Orlando (+22 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), Washington (+19 percent), and Boston (+13 percent). Chef de Cuisines in Jacksonville take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 27 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (14 percent lower) and Austin (8 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Chef de Cuisine

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Chef de Cuisine Salaries

▲5%

National Average
$49,000

▼1%

▼1%

▼18%

Skills That Affect Chef de Cuisine Salaries

Inventory Management
▲7%




Order Inventory
▼0%

National Average
$49,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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