Executive Chef Salary

Four in five of Executive Chefs in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $37K to $87K per year, and the average comes out to $57K annually. In the world of Executive Chefs, performance is a large component of overall compensation. Bonuses and profit sharing that occasionally exceed $12K each, along with a few commissions of nearly $20K, can cause the final number to run anywhere from $37K to $87K. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and experience level are driving factors as well. The majority of Executive Chefs claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Executive Chefs who responded to the questionnaire — 89 percent to be exact. Although the larger part have medical coverage and a little more than half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$38,876 - $83,896
(Median)
$39K
$57K
$84K
MEDIAN: $56,781
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$10.20 - $24.61
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,876 - $83,896  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,880  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $12,182  
Commission
$0.00 - $20,134  
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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$36,725 - $86,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,844
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.20 - $24.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.85  
Overtime
$0.79 - $32.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,880  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,134  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $12,182  
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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$36,725 - $86,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 399
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Job Description for Executive Chef

The job of executive chefs is to share their knowledge and experience with employees under them, delegate tasks, and ensure the quality of all food produced in their kitchens. An executive chef needs expert culinary knowledge and insight into how to run a kitchen. They must also be knowledgeable of needed kitchen equipment and able to track inventory. Those working under the executive chef must be able to follow the executive chef’s orders; that means an executive chef must train his or her team in accordance with what the kitchen needs.

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Executive Chef Tasks

  • Manage all food and beverage operations, quality and related costs.
  • Oversee back of house labor percentages and budgets, cost of goods sold and other expenses.
  • Develop menus, special dishes and supervise food preparation.

Common Career Paths for Executive Chef


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For Executive Chefs, progressing to a Corporate Chef role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Corporate Chef can earn $71K annually. When Executive Chefs are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Hotel Executive Chefs or Food and Beverage Directors. Those roles pay an additional $3K and $4K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Executive Chef


Dominating the field, Compass Group, Sodexo, Inc., Compass Group Usa Inc, Aramark Food Services, and Aramark are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Executive Chefs. The biggest paychecks can be found at Marriott International, Inc. — the median salary there is $84K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $66K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $157K. Spirit Mountain Gaming, Inc., Hilton Worldwide, and Morton's the Steakhouse are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Executive Chefs earning around $82K, $73K, or $71K at each firm, respectively.

Holiday Inn offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $49K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $34K to $58K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Holiday Retirement Corporation at $50K, Unidine Corporation at $50K, and Compass Group Usa Inc, where $51K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Executive Chef


Executive Chefs report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in cooking, Executive Chef, Organizational Development, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include management, Order Inventory, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Those educated in Food Preparation tend to be well versed in Budget Management, Inventory Management, and Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Executive Chef

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


For Executive Chefs, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average inexperienced worker earns $44K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $50K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $59K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $61K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,877

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

Surpassing the national average by 32 percent, Executive Chefs in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Executive Chefs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+31 percent), Los Angeles (+30 percent), Boston (+28 percent), and San Diego (+16 percent). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 3 percent.

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Experience Affects Executive Chef Salaries



National Average
$57,000



Skills That Affect Executive Chef Salaries

cooking
up arrow 13%

Executive Chef
up arrow 12%


Budget Management
up arrow 4%

Operations Management
up arrow 4%

Product Development
up arrow 4%

Training
0%

National Average
$57,000

Inventory Control
up arrow 1%

People Management
up arrow 1%

Food Preparation
up arrow 3%

Inventory Management
up arrow 3%

Menu Planning
up arrow 3%

Order Inventory
up arrow 4%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 4%

management
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 784 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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