Executive Chef Salary

The majority of Executive Chefs in the United States — more than three-fourths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $37K to $87K per year, and the median is $58K annually. Overall cash earnings of Executive Chefs stretch from $37K to $87K; the final number can encompass up to $12K each from bonuses and profit sharing, with some enjoying commissions of almost $10K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Men account for the majority of Executive Chefs who responded to the questionnaire — 88 percent to be exact. While some workers in this profession — nearly one in three — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and over one-half have dental insurance. The majority of Executive Chefs claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,467 - $85,212
$39K
$58K
$85K
MEDIAN: $57,633
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$11.69 - $25.08
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$25
MEDIAN: $16.28
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$39,467 - $85,212  
   
Bonus
$963 - $11,992  
Profit Sharing
$100.50 - $12,255  
Commission
$-0.50 - $9,933  
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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$36,556 - $86,795  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,059
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.69 - $25.08  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.65  
Overtime
$5.93 - $35.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$963 - $11,992  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $9,933  
Profit Sharing
$100.50 - $12,255  
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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$36,556 - $86,795  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 354

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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

  • 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.

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Executive Chefs' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Corporate Chef. The average Corporate Chef brings home $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 $3K higher on average, and it's $5K higher for Food and Beverage Directors.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Executive Chef


Sodexo, Inc., Compass Group, Compass Group Usa Inc, Aramark Food Services, and Aramark are all popular places to work. Pay for Executive Chefs is best at Spirit Mountain Gaming, Inc., which offers a median salary of $82K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $61K to $93K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Morton's the Steakhouse, Compass Group, and Bon Appetit Management Company, where earnings of $71K, $67K, or $67K are standard for Executive Chefs.

Morrison Healthcare, Unidine Corporation, and Compass Group Usa Inc are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($48K, $50K, and $51K respectively).

Popular Skills for Executive Chef


Executive Chefs report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Fortunate workers who know Culinary can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 40 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Cost Accounting, cooking, and Order Inventory. Most people skilled in Food Preparation are similarly competent in Inventory Management, Budget Management, and Operations Management. Most people skilled in Inventory Control are similarly competent in Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Executive Chef

Pay by Experience for an Executive Chef has a positive trend. An entry-level Executive Chef with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 414 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Executive Chef with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 820 salaries. An experienced Executive Chef which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 1,711 salaries. An Executive Chef with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 1,210 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,708

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

Executive Chefs will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 40 percent. Executive Chefs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+36 percent), New York (+36 percent), Boston (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+17 percent). Portland is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Austin and 4 percent less in Denver, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Executive Chef

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 470 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
37%
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Experience Affects Executive Chef Salaries

▲7%

▲4%

National Average
$57,000

▼9%

▼20%

Skills That Affect Executive Chef Salaries

Culinary
▲40%





National Average
$57,000



▼2%



Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼4%



cooking
▼12%

Cost Accounting
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 470 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 34%
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