Chef de Cuisines in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly less than two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $50K per year on average but can range from $32K to $68K per year. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up the vast majority of Chef de Cuisines (80 percent) who took the survey. Roughly two in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and just under a half claim dental coverage as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,974 - $66,545
$35K
$50K
$67K
MEDIAN: $50,097
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50%
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$10.09 - $19.12
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,974 - $66,545  
   
Bonus
$611 - $10,304  
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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$31,899 - $67,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 367
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.09 - $19.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.93  
Overtime
$-0.49 - $27.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$611 - $10,304  
   
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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$31,899 - $67,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 58

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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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Chef de Cuisines who go on to become Hotel Executive Chefs may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Hotel Executive Chefs is $60K annually. With an annual salary of $54K, 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


Chef de Cuisines report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Menu Planning, Operations Management, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Order Inventory. 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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $40K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $48K. Chef de Cuisines see a median salary of $51K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $49K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,136

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

Home to some of the best pay for Chef de Cuisines, New York offers exceptional salaries, 36 percent above the national average. Chef de Cuisines will also find cushy salaries in Orlando (+22 percent), Washington (+20 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and San Francisco (+16 percent). Chef de Cuisines in Jacksonville take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 27 percent less than the national average. Employers in Denver and Austin also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Chef de Cuisine

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Chef de Cuisine Salaries


National Average
$49,000




Skills That Affect Chef de Cuisine Salaries

Inventory Management
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People Management
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National Average
$49,000


Order Inventory
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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