Executive Chef Salary

With roughly four-fifths of Executive Chefs in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Executive Chefs is $56K per year and can range from $36K on the lower end to $87K per year near the higher end. Total cash earnings of Executive Chefs range from $36K on the low end to $87K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $12K and $10K, respectively. While the particular city and experience level impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Just under a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. For the most part, Executive Chefs enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,436 - $83,204
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$38K
$56K
$83K
MEDIAN: $56,254
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$10.06 - $24.30
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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
$38,436 - $83,204  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,065  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $10,289  
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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$36,286 - $86,789  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,540
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.06 - $24.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.93  
Overtime
$1.22 - $33.36  
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 - $12,065  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,000  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $10,289  
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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$36,286 - $86,789  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 355
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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. The most common next step for an Executive Chef is to become a Hotel Executive Chef or a Food and Beverage Director. The former position pays an additional $3K per year on average, and the latter position pays $5K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Executive Chef


Compass Group, Sodexo, Inc., Compass Group Usa Inc, Aramark Food Services, and Aramark are top-notch employers for Executive Chefs in this area. Executive Chefs seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Spirit Mountain Gaming, Inc., where the average salary comes to $83K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Marriott International, Inc., Morton's the Steakhouse, and Hilton Worldwide, where earnings of $74K, $71K, or $71K are standard for Executive Chefs.

Executive Chefs will find the worst pay at Holiday Inn, where the median salary crawls in at $50K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $58K, leaving little room for growth. 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 participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 5 percent and 7 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.


Executive Chefs with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $50K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $44K. On average, Executive Chefs make $59K following one to two decades on the job. 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


Surpassing the national average by 36 percent, Executive Chefs in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Executive Chefs will also find cushy salaries in New York (+33 percent), Boston (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+30 percent), and San Diego (+20 percent). The lowest-paying market is Portland, which sits 3 percent below the national average.

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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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Inventory Control
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People Management
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National Average
$56,000

Inventory Management
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Order Inventory
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Food Preparation
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Menu Planning
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 765 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: 43% employee benefits None: 29%
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