Chef de Cuisine Salary

The majority of Chef de Cuisines in the United States — roughly two in three — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $33K to $72K per year, and the median is $51K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Approximately one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 88 percent of Chef de Cuisines are male. Most Chef de Cuisines report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,598 - $71,648
(Median)
$38K
$51K
$72K
MEDIAN: $50,974
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$9.99 - $19.77
(Median)
$10
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$37,598 - $71,648  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,973  
Profit Sharing
$0.10 - $2,543  
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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$33,361 - $72,151  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 369
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.99 - $19.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.09 - $2.48  
Overtime
$1.52 - $26.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,973  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.10 - $2,543  
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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$33,361 - $72,151  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58

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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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Common Career Paths for Chef de Cuisine


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At the upper end, Chef de Cuisines who move into a Hotel Executive Chef role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $59K per year. The most common promotion for Chef de Cuisines is Executive Chef, a position that typically pays $53K annually. Another standard transition for Chef de Cuisines seeking advancement is to assume an Executive Sous Chef role, where pay is often $46K.

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Popular Skills for Chef de Cuisine


Chef de Cuisines generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Operations Management, Food Preparation, and Menu Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include People Management, Menu Planning, and Food Preparation. The majority of those who know Food Preparation also know Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chef de Cuisine

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $41K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $48K. Chef de Cuisines with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $54K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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Experience Affects Chef de Cuisine Salaries



National Average
$50,000



Skills That Affect Chef de Cuisine Salaries

Inventory Management
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Operations Management
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National Average
$50,000

Food Preparation
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Menu Planning
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
54%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 27%