Chef de Cuisine Salary

With two-thirds of Chef de Cuisines in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $33K to $68K per year and averages out to $50K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The vast majority of Chef de Cuisines (83 percent) survey respondents are men. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and over a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by nearly one-half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chef de Cuisines. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$35,543 - $67,640
$36K
$50K
$68K
MEDIAN: $50,370
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50%
90%

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$11.69 - $19.58
$12
$16
$20
MEDIAN: $15.53
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$35,543 - $67,640  
   
Bonus
$604 - $10,137  
Profit Sharing
$3,499  
Commission
$4,000  
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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$32,973 - $68,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 367
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.69 - $19.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.86  
Overtime
$17.45 - $29.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$604 - $10,137  
   
Commission
$4,000  
Profit Sharing
$3,499  
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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$32,973 - $68,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 59

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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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Chef de Cuisine Tasks

  • Supervise kitchen staff, overseeing food production and ensuring compliance to recipes and health regulations.
  • Conduct quality checks of food products, both received and cooked, and monitor sanitation practices.
  • Participate in recipe and menu development, training staff on food production procedures.
  • Manage food and labor costs, purchase supplies, and track inventory.

Common Career Paths for Chef de Cuisine


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At the upper end, Chef de Cuisines who move into a Hotel Executive Chef role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Hotel Executive Chefs is a much higher $60K 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 $54K. Another frequent advance is for Chef de Cuisines to assume an Executive Sous Chef role; in this role, workers often earn $47K.

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Popular Skills for Chef de Cuisine


Chef de Cuisines generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Menu Planning, Operations Management, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Food Preparation are also skilled in Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chef de Cuisine

Pay by Experience for a Chef de Cuisine has a positive trend. An entry-level Chef de Cuisine with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 71 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chef de Cuisine with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 168 salaries. An experienced Chef de Cuisine which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 228 salaries. A Chef de Cuisine with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 66 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,357

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Chef de Cuisines, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Chef de Cuisines can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Orlando (+22 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), Washington (+19 percent), and Boston (+13 percent). Chef de Cuisines' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Chef de Cuisines in Jacksonville bring in salaries that are 27 percent lower than the national average. Denver and Austin are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Chef de Cuisine

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Chef de Cuisine Salaries

▲5%

National Average
$49,000

▼1%

▼1%

▼18%

Skills That Affect Chef de Cuisine Salaries

Inventory Management
▲7%




Order Inventory
▼0%

National Average
$49,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 38%
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