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Executive Chef Salary

Executive Chefs in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent roughly four in five of Executive Chefs. Salaries average out to around $56K annually and spread from $36K to $87K per year. Total cash incomes of Executive Chefs run from $36K to $87K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $12K, profit sharing that reaches $10K, and some commissions of nearly $20K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Male Executive Chefs far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Executive Chefs. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and over one-half have dental, as well. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$38,181 - $83,149
(Median)
$38K
$56K
$83K
MEDIAN: $56,084
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$10.00 - $24.17
(Median)
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$15
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,181 - $83,149  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,052  
Profit Sharing
$196.14 - $10,275  
Commission
$0.00 - $19,866  
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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$36,180 - $86,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,511
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $24.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.96  
Overtime
$1.15 - $33.44  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,052  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,866  
Profit Sharing
$196.14 - $10,275  
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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$36,180 - $86,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 344

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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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As Executive Chefs transition into upper-level roles such as Corporate Chef, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Corporate Chefs earn $70K on average per year. Typical career progression for an Executive Chef involves becoming a Hotel Executive Chef or a Food and Beverage Director, roles that pay $3K more and $5K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Executive Chef


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Executive Chefs include Compass Group, Sodexo, Inc., Compass Group Usa Inc, Aramark Food Services, and Morrison Healthcare. With a median salary of $74K, Marriott International, Inc. offers Executive Chefs the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $66K and are capped at $89K. Also paying near the top of the field are Morton's the Steakhouse at $71K, Hilton Worldwide at $71K, and Aramark Corporation, where Executive Chefs annually earn $67K.

With a median salary of $50K, Holiday Inn provides Executive Chefs with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $58K, limiting employee salary growth. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Unidine Corporation at $50K, and Compass Group Usa Inc where $51K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Executive Chefs there earn up to $81K.

Popular Skills for Executive Chef


Executive Chefs seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Organizational Development, Product Development, Operations Management, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Most people experienced in Budget Management also know 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $44K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $50K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $59K. Executive Chefs with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Executive Chefs in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. Executive Chefs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+36 percent), Los Angeles (+31 percent), Boston (+29 percent), and San Diego (+18 percent). Trailing the national average by 3 percent, Portland is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Executive Chef Salaries



National Average
$56,000



Skills That Affect Executive Chef Salaries





Training
up arrow 3%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Inventory Control
up arrow 1%

People Management
up arrow 1%

Menu Planning
0%

National Average
$56,000

Food Preparation
up arrow 1%

Inventory Management
up arrow 1%

Order Inventory
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 770 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 29%
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