Executive Chef Salary
Over three-quarters of Executive Chefs in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $37K to $87K per year, and the average comes out to $58K annually. The range in cash compensation to Executive Chefs ($37K to $87K) includes potential earnings of $12K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. While geography and years of experience impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. For the most part, Executive Chefs enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. About one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and a little more than half claim dental coverage as well. Men make up the vast majority of Executive Chefs (88 percent) who took the survey. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
The executive chef plans the day's menu and ensures food costs remain within budget. They assign responsibilities for pieces of meal preparation and monitor quality of food leaving the kitchen. The executive chef also assists with food preparation alongside their staff. Sometimes customer complaints and marketing duties will be part of the executive chef's duties; they must address these concerns and maintain the reputation of the kitchen.
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
Executive Chefs who transition into a Corporate Chef role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $71K per year. Hotel Executive Chefs or Food and Beverage Directors are common next-step roles for Executive Chefs moving up in their careers; annual pay for Hotel Executive Chefs is $3K higher on average, and it's $5K higher for Food and Beverage Directors.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Executive Chef
Many Executive Chefs can be found at Sodexo, Inc., Compass Group, Compass Group Usa Inc, Aramark Food Services, and Aramark, firms that are at the top of the field. Employees at Spirit Mountain Gaming, Inc. enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $82K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $61K and higher ones not far away at only $93K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Morton's the Steakhouse, Bon Appetit Management Company, and Hilton Corporation, where Executive Chefs typically earn around $71K, $67K, or $63K, respectively.
Morrison Healthcare, Unidine Corporation, and Compass Group Usa Inc are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($48K, $50K, and $51K respectively).
Popular Skills for Executive Chef
Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Organizational Development, Budget Management, Product Development, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include management, Cost Accounting, and cooking. Most people experienced in Food Preparation also know Inventory Management, Budget Management, and Operations Management. People who know Inventory Control usually also know Budget Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Executive Chef
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $52K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $46K. Executive Chefs claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $59K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $61K.
Pay Difference by Location
Executive Chefs will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 39 percent. Executive Chefs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+36 percent), San Francisco (+33 percent), Los Angeles (+30 percent), and Boston (+22 percent). Pittsburgh is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent.