Executive Chef Salary
Executive Chefs in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with over three-fourths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $58K per year on average but can range from $36K to $87K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $12K, total cash payment to Executive Chefs can bottom out at $36K or peak near $87K. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Executive Chefs (88 percent) who took the survey are men. Some workers in this field — one-third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by just over a half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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.Read More...
The executive chef plans the day's menu and ensures food costs remain within budget. They assign responsibilities for pieces of meal preparation and monitor quality of food leaving the kitchen. The executive chef also assists with food preparation alongside their staff. Sometimes customer complaints and marketing duties will be part of the executive chef's duties; they must address these concerns and maintain the reputation of the kitchen.
Executive Chef Tasks
- Develop menus, special dishes and supervise food preparation.
- Oversee back of house labor percentages and budgets, cost of goods sold and other expenses.
- Manage all food and beverage operations, quality and related costs.
Common Career Paths for Executive Chef
Executive Chefs who go on to become Corporate Chefs may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Corporate Chefs is $71K annually. Executive Chefs typically move into roles as Hotel Executive Chefs or Food and Beverage Directors, and those positions pay $3K more and $5K more, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Executive Chef
Compass Group, Sodexo, Inc., Compass Group Usa Inc, Aramark Food Services, and Aramark are all popular places to work. Spirit Mountain Gaming, Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $82K, though there is little variation overall ($61K to $93K). Those in search of high salaries should also consider Morton's the Steakhouse, Compass Group, and Bon Appetit Management Company, top-paying firms where Executive Chefs rake in a comfortable $71K, $67K, or $67K, respectively.
Also approaching the lower end are Morrison Healthcare at $48K, Unidine Corporation at $50K, and Compass Group Usa Inc at $51K.
Popular Skills for Executive Chef
Survey takers working as Executive Chefs report using a large range of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Culinary command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 39 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Cost Accounting, cooking, and Order Inventory. Those familiar with Inventory Control tend to be well versed in Budget Management. Those proficient in Food Preparation are, more often than not, also skilled in Inventory Management, Budget Management, and Operations Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Executive Chef
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average inexperienced worker earns $45K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $51K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $59K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $61K.
Pay Difference by Location
Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Executive Chefs, 40 percent higher than the national average. Executive Chefs will also find cushy salaries in New York (+35 percent), San Francisco (+34 percent), Philadelphia (+22 percent), and Los Angeles (+21 percent). Austin is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average.
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