Slightly less than two-thirds 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 $69K per year, but median earnings come to around $50K per year. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Chef de Cuisines like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although the greater part have medical coverage and a little less than one-half have dental coverage, about two in five claim no health benefits at all. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,215 - $68,044
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$68K
MEDIAN: $50,386
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50%
90%

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$10.10 - $19.06
(Median)
$10
$16
$19
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,215 - $68,044  
   
Bonus
$776 - $10,155  
Profit Sharing
$3,583  
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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$32,528 - $69,329  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 366
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $19.06  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$13.91 - $28.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$776 - $10,155  
   
Commission
$4,000  
Profit Sharing
$3,583  
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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$32,528 - $69,329  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • Participate in recipe and menu development, training staff on food production procedures.
  • Manage food and labor costs, purchase supplies, and track inventory.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Chef de Cuisine


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As Chef de Cuisines transition into upper-level roles such as Hotel Executive Chef, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Hotel Executive Chefs earn $60K on average 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


Survey results imply that Chef de Cuisines put a diverse skill set to use. 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. Most people skilled in Food Preparation are similarly competent in Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chef de Cuisine

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $40K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $48K. On average, Chef de Cuisines make $52K following one to two decades on the job. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,299

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

Chef de Cuisines will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 39 percent. Chef de Cuisines will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+28 percent), Boston (+22 percent), Orlando (+22 percent), and Washington (+17 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Diego, 17 percent below the national average. Workers in Denver and Austin earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

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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
0%

Operations Management
0%

National Average
$49,000

Food Preparation
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Order Inventory
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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