Chef de Cuisine Salary

Chef de Cuisines who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up approximately two-thirds of Chef de Cuisines. Pay fluctuates from $33K to $73K per year, but expected earnings average $51K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The vast majority of Chef de Cuisines (87 percent) who took the survey are men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chef de Cuisines. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,327 - $71,910

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$9.78 - $19.92

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$37,327 - $71,910  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,150  
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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$33,258 - $72,687  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 389
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.78 - $19.92  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.57 - $2.50  
Overtime
$1.50 - $26.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,150  
   
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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$33,258 - $72,687  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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. 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 usually report a few specific skills. 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. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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 $50K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $54K in this role. Chef de Cuisines with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $55K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Chef de Cuisines in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. Chef de Cuisines can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+30 percent), Orlando (+19 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), and Las Vegas (+14 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Denver is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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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 55 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

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