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Chef de Cuisine Salary

Chef de Cuisines in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with about two in three bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $51K annually on average but can range from $33K to $72K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Men make up the vast majority of Chef de Cuisines (88 percent) who took the survey. The majority of Chef de Cuisines claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, approximately one-fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,144 - $71,700
(Median)
$37K
$51K
$72K
MEDIAN: $50,877
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90%

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$9.94 - $20.05
(Median)
$9
$15
$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
$37,144 - $71,700  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,097  
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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$33,358 - $72,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 377
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $20.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.09 - $2.48  
Overtime
$1.50 - $26.53  
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 - $6,097  
   
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).
)
$33,358 - $72,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54

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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 become Hotel Executive Chefs may see a small rise in pay. On average, Hotel Executive Chefs earn $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


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Chef de Cuisines who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Operations Management, Food Preparation, and Menu Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include People Management and Menu Planning. Most people 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $42K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $49K. Chef de Cuisines bring in $54K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $53K.

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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
12 %
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: 73% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 26%
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