Executive Chef Salary

With more than three-quarters of Executive Chefs in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $36K to $86K per year and averages out to $58K annually. Overall cash earnings of Executive Chefs stretch from $36K to $86K; the final number can encompass up to $12K each from bonuses and profit sharing, with some enjoying commissions of almost $20K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. Men make up the vast majority of Executive Chefs (88 percent) who took the survey. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Executive Chefs. Although one-third lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,307 - $84,704
$39K
$58K
$85K
MEDIAN: $57,552
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50%
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$11.43 - $24.71
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$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.12
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$39,307 - $84,704  
   
Bonus
$968 - $11,944  
Profit Sharing
$0.50 - $12,255  
Commission
$503 - $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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$36,349 - $86,355  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,921
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.43 - $24.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.80  
Overtime
$5.00 - $32.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$968 - $11,944  
   
Commission
$503 - $19,866  
Profit Sharing
$0.50 - $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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$36,349 - $86,355  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 326
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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.

Common Career Paths for Executive Chef


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As Executive Chefs transition into upper-level roles such as Corporate Chef, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Corporate Chefs earn $71K on average per year. Career advancement for the typical Executive Chef often leads to becoming a Hotel Executive Chef or a Food and Beverage Director; median salaries in these positions are $3K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Executive Chef


Dominating the field, Sodexo, Inc., Compass Group, Compass Group Usa Inc, Aramark Food Services, and Aramark are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Executive Chefs. Salary cannot be beat at Spirit Mountain Gaming, Inc., where median pay comes to $82K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $61K, and the higher end is not far away at $93K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Morton's the Steakhouse at $71K, Compass Group at $67K, and Bon Appetit Management Company, where Executive Chefs annually earn $67K.

Workers at Morrison Healthcare, Unidine Corporation, and Compass Group Usa Inc also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $48K, $50K, and $51K respectively.

Popular Skills for Executive Chef


Survey results imply that Executive Chefs deploy 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 familiar with Inventory Control also know Budget Management. Those educated in Food Preparation tend to be well versed in Inventory Management, Budget Management, and Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Executive Chef

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Executive Chefs — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $45K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $51K. Executive Chefs who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $59K. Executive Chefs who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,747

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

Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Executive Chefs, 40 percent higher than the national average. Executive Chefs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+36 percent), New York (+35 percent), Boston (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+17 percent). Portland is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin (8 percent lower) and Denver (4 percent lower).

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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 427 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
40%
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 427 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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