Chef de Cuisine Salary

The majority of Chef de Cuisines in the United States — close to two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $33K to $73K per year, and the median is $51K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Men make up the vast majority of Chef de Cuisines (87 percent) who took the survey. Job satisfaction for Chef de Cuisines is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,130 - $72,196
(Median)
$37K
$51K
$72K
MEDIAN: $51,004
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$9.76 - $20.05
(Median)
$9
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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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
$37,130 - $72,196  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,112  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,500  
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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$33,095 - $72,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 388
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.76 - $20.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.57 - $2.50  
Overtime
$1.49 - $26.63  
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
$0.00 - $2,500  
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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$33,095 - $72,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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 position may earn slightly higher salaries. The median income for that position is $59K per year. Becoming an Executive Chef is, more often than not, the most common role that Chef de Cuisines move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $53K. Another frequent advance is for Chef de Cuisines to assume an Executive Sous Chef role; in this role, workers often earn $46K.

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Popular Skills for Chef de Cuisine


Chef de Cuisines report using a pretty varied skill set 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Menu Planning and People Management. 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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $41K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $50K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Chef de Cuisines make a median salary of $54K. Chef de Cuisines who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Chef de Cuisines, 40 percent higher than the national average. Chef de Cuisines can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+31 percent), Orlando (+19 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), and Las Vegas (+11 percent). Denver ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average.

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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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People Management
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Menu Planning
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 28%
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