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Chef de Cuisine Salary

With about two in three of Chef de Cuisines in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Chef de Cuisines is $51K annually and can range from $33K on the lower end to $72K per year near the higher end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Chef de Cuisines who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 88 percent. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, nearly one in four claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction for Chef de Cuisines is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,143 - $71,700
(Median)
$37K
$51K
$72K
MEDIAN: $50,958
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50%
90%

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$9.78 - $19.92
(Median)
$9
$14
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$37,143 - $71,700  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,112  
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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$32,986 - $72,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 387
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.78 - $19.92  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.09 - $2.48  
Overtime
$1.51 - $26.43  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,112  
   
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).
)
$32,986 - $72,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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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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Chef de Cuisines who transition into new roles such as Hotel Executive Chef may see a slight upturn in salary. The average Hotel Executive Chef earns $59K per year. As Chef de Cuisines progress in their field, many go on to become Executive Chefs. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $53K per year. Another common career choice for Chef de Cuisines is to move into an Executive Sous Chef role. Typically, Executive Sous Chefs get paid $46K.

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Popular Skills for Chef de Cuisine


Chef de Cuisines report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Operations Management, Food Preparation, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Menu Planning and People Management. Those educated in Food Preparation tend to be well versed in Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chef de Cuisine

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $41K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $49K. Chef de Cuisines bring in $54K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $52K.

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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 54 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
54%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 27%
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