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Executive Chef Salary

Executive Chefs in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and over three-fourths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $56K annually, but may range from $36K to $87K per year. With some bonuses approaching $12K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Executive Chefs spread between $36K and $87K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by geography and tenure. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. The vast majority (89 percent) of Executive Chefs who answered the questionnaire are male. Most Executive Chefs like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$38,026 - $83,082
(Median)
$38K
$56K
$83K
MEDIAN: $55,918
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$10.01 - $24.13
(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
$38,026 - $83,082  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,041  
Profit Sharing
$196.14 - $10,158  
Commission
$0.00 - $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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$36,044 - $86,755  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,491
National Hourly Rate 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$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $24.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.94  
Overtime
$1.20 - $33.39  
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 - $12,041  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,866  
Profit Sharing
$196.14 - $10,158  
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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$36,044 - $86,755  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 347

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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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As Executive Chefs transition into upper-level roles such as Corporate Chef, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Corporate Chefs earn $70K on average 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 Morrison Healthcare are all popular places to work. Although the highest salaries can be found at Marriott International, Inc. where median pay is $74K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $66K and $89K. Morton's the Steakhouse, Hilton Worldwide, and Aramark Corporation are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Executive Chefs earning around $71K, $71K, or $67K at each firm, respectively.

Holiday Inn doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $50K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $58K and scope of pay is rather limited. 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 results imply that Executive Chefs deploy a deep pool of skills 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 6 percent and 8 percent. Most people skilled in Budget Management are similarly competent in Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Executive Chef

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


Executive Chefs do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $43K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $50K on average. Executive Chefs claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $58K. 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


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 (+35 percent), Los Angeles (+32 percent), Boston (+28 percent), and San Diego (+15 percent). With compensation 3 percent below the national average, Denver is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Executive Chef Salaries



National Average
$56,000



Skills That Affect Executive Chef Salaries





Training
up arrow 4%

Inventory Control
up arrow 2%

Menu Planning
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 1%

Inventory Management
0%

Order Inventory
0%

National Average
$56,000

Food Preparation
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 772 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: 42% employee benefits None: 29%
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