Executive Chef Salary

Executive Chefs who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up four in five of Executive Chefs. Pay fluctuates from $36K to $87K per year, but expected earnings average $56K per year. Total cash compensation varies widely depending on the individual performance of Executive Chefs. Generally sitting in the range of $36K to $87K, the final number can include almost $12K each from bonuses and profit sharing and commissions of $20K in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but the particular city and experience level are influential factors as well. Most Executive Chefs like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by a little more than half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,439 - $83,187

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$10.09 - $24.44

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,439 - $83,187  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,996  
Profit Sharing
$196.90 - $11,836  
Commission
$0.00 - $20,000  
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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$36,249 - $86,627  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,536
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.09 - $24.44  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.92  
Overtime
$1.09 - $32.92  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,996  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,000  
Profit Sharing
$196.90 - $11,836  
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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$36,249 - $86,627  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 365
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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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At the upper end, Executive Chefs who move into a Corporate Chef role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Corporate Chefs is a much higher $70K per year. It is quite typical for Executive Chefs to transition into roles as Hotel Executive Chefs or Food and Beverage Directors, where reported median earnings are $3K and $4K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Executive Chef


Many Executive Chefs can be found at Compass Group, Sodexo, Inc., Compass Group Usa Inc, Aramark Food Services, and Aramark, firms that are at the top of the field. The biggest paychecks can be found at Spirit Mountain Gaming, Inc. — the median salary there is $83K. Marriott International, Inc., Morton's the Steakhouse, and Aramark Corporation also offer top salaries for Executive Chefs. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $74K, $71K, and $67K, respectively.

Offering only $50K on average, Holiday Inn seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $30K on the lower end and $61K on the higher end. Other low-paying employers include Unidine Corporation at $50K and Compass Group Usa Inc at $51K, though some Executive Chefs there earn up to $81K.

Popular Skills for Executive Chef


Survey results imply that Executive Chefs deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Organizational Development, Product Development, Operations Management, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 7 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include management. Most people experienced in Food Preparation also know Inventory Control, Operations Management, and Inventory Management. 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.


Executive Chefs with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $44K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $50K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $59K in this role. Executive Chefs who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $61K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Executive Chefs, New York provides a pay rate that is 33 percent greater than the national average. Executive Chefs will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+33 percent), Los Angeles (+29 percent), Boston (+29 percent), and San Diego (+19 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Denver, 2 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Executive Chef Salaries



National Average
$57,000



Skills That Affect Executive Chef Salaries





Training
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Inventory Control
0%

People Management
0%

National Average
$57,000

Inventory Management
up arrow 1%

Food Preparation
up arrow 2%

Order Inventory
up arrow 2%

Menu Planning
up arrow 2%

management
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 756 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%
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