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Chef de Cuisine Salary

Nearly two in three of Chef de Cuisines in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $33K to $72K per year, but median earnings come to around $51K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chef de Cuisines. Although close to one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,713 - $71,375
(Median)
$37K
$51K
$71K
MEDIAN: $50,910
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$10.01 - $20.32
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$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$36,713 - $71,375  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,946  
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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$32,609 - $71,685  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 371
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $20.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.09 - $2.48  
Overtime
$1.55 - $26.74  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,946  
   
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).
)
$32,609 - $71,685  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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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 may experience a boost if they go on to an upper-level role like Hotel Executive Chef. The median pay for Hotel Executive Chefs is $59K annually. 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 pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Inventory Management, Food Preparation, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $42K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $48K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Chef de Cuisines make a median salary of $54K. Chef de Cuisines who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $53K.

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Experience Affects Chef de Cuisine Salaries



National Average
$50,000


Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Chef de Cuisine Salaries


Inventory Management
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Food Preparation
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National Average
$50,000


Menu Planning
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
54%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 27%