Executive Chef Salary

Executive Chefs who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up more than three-fourths of Executive Chefs. Pay fluctuates from $36K to $86K per year, but expected earnings average $56K annually. Total cash compensation for Executive Chefs runs from $36K to $86K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $12K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and tenure are influential factors as well. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and slightly more than half receive dental plans. Work is enjoyable for Executive Chefs, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Executive Chefs who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 89 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,854 - $82,536
(Median)
$38K
$56K
$83K
MEDIAN: $55,618
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$10.03 - $24.11
(Median)
$10
$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
$37,854 - $82,536  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,977  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $10,190  
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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$35,819 - $86,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,495
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $24.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.08  
Overtime
$1.27 - $33.31  
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 - $11,977  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,866  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $10,190  
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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$35,819 - $86,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 358

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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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Executive Chefs who transition into a Corporate Chef role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $71K per year. Hotel Executive Chefs or Food and Beverage Directors are common next-step roles for Executive Chefs moving up in their careers; annual pay for Hotel Executive Chefs is $4K higher on average, and it's $5K higher for Food and Beverage Directors.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Executive Chef


Compass Group, Sodexo, Inc., Compass Group Usa Inc, Aramark Food Services, and Morrison Healthcare are all popular places to work. Although Marriott International, Inc. offers the highest salaries (median pay is $74K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $66K to $89K. Morton's the Steakhouse, Hilton Worldwide, and Aramark Corporation also offer top salaries for Executive Chefs. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $71K, $69K, and $67K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Holiday Inn 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 report using 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 7 percent and 9 percent. Most people who know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $50K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $43K. Executive Chefs see a median salary of $58K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


Executive Chefs will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 36 percent. Executive Chefs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+34 percent), Los Angeles (+32 percent), Boston (+28 percent), and San Diego (+17 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 3 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver.

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Experience Affects Executive Chef Salaries



National Average
$56,000



Skills That Affect Executive Chef Salaries





Training
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Food Preparation
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Inventory Management
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Order Inventory
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National Average
$56,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 782 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: 68% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 30%