Chef de Cuisine Salary

About 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 per year. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 85 percent of Chef de Cuisines are male. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by over one-half. Most Chef de Cuisines report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$36,805 - $71,439
(Median)
$37K
$51K
$71K
MEDIAN: $51,249
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90%

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$9.81 - $18.91
(Median)
$9
$15
$19
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$36,805 - $71,439  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,871  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$33,265 - $72,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 435
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.81 - $18.91  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.00  
Overtime
$13.57 - $27.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,871  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$33,265 - $72,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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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 $60K per year. With an annual salary of $53K, Executive Chef is the most common role for Chef de Cuisines to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Executive Sous Chef role — which usually pays $47K — is also typical for Chef de Cuisines, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Chef de Cuisine


Survey takers who work as Chef de Cuisines typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Operations Management, Menu Planning, and Food Preparation 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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $42K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $49K. 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 $51K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,257

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

Chef de Cuisines earn a generous sum in eastern parts of the United States: New York, Boston, and Washington each offer salaries above the national average. The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver.

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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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People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
52%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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