Executive Chef Salary

Around four-fifths of Executive Chefs in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $36K to $87K per year, but median earnings come to around $56K annually. Overall cash earnings of Executive Chefs stretch from $36K near the bottom to $87K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $12K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and experience level. Most Executive Chefs report high levels of job satisfaction. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and just over a half have dental, as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$38,476 - $83,345
(Median)
$38K
$56K
$83K
MEDIAN: $56,348
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$10.07 - $24.29
(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
$38,476 - $83,345  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,058  
Profit Sharing
$196.14 - $11,531  
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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$36,316 - $86,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,528
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $24.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.93  
Overtime
$1.25 - $33.04  
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 - $12,058  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,000  
Profit Sharing
$196.14 - $11,531  
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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$36,316 - $86,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 357
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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 go on to become Corporate Chefs may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Corporate Chefs is $70K annually. Executive Chefs moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Hotel Executive Chefs or Food and Beverage Directors. The median paychecks in those roles are $3K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Executive Chef


Executive Chefs fill the offices of leading firms Compass Group, Sodexo, Inc., Compass Group Usa Inc, Aramark Food Services, and Aramark. Spirit Mountain Gaming, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $83K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Marriott International, Inc. at $74K, Morton's the Steakhouse at $71K, and Hilton Worldwide, where Executive Chefs annually earn $71K.

Holiday Inn offers the least pay with a median salary of $50K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $58K. 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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Organizational Development, Operations Management, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 7 percent. Most people familiar with 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. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $44K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $50K. Executive Chefs see a median salary of $59K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $61K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Executive Chefs, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Executive Chefs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+33 percent), Los Angeles (+30 percent), Boston (+30 percent), and San Diego (+19 percent). Portland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 3 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
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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
$57,000

Inventory Management
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Menu Planning
up arrow 1%

Food Preparation
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Order Inventory
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 758 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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