Executive Chef Salary

Roughly four in five 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 $57K per year. In the world of Executive Chefs, performance is a large component of overall compensation. Bonuses and profit sharing that occasionally exceed $12K each, along with a few commissions of nearly $20K, can cause the final number to run anywhere from $37K to $87K. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and over one-half get dental coverage, too. Work is enjoyable for Executive Chefs, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more male Executive Chefs survey respondents than women, making up 89 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$38,876 - $83,896
(Median)
$39K
$57K
$84K
MEDIAN: $56,781
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$10.20 - $24.61
(Median)
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$15
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,876 - $83,896  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,880  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $12,182  
Commission
$0.00 - $20,134  
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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$36,725 - $86,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,844
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.20 - $24.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.85  
Overtime
$0.79 - $32.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,880  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,134  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $12,182  
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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$36,725 - $86,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 399
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Corporate Chef, where median compensation is $71K annually. Executive Chefs most often move into positions as Hotel Executive Chefs or Food and Beverage Directors; those groups report median salaries that are $3K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Executive Chef


Executive Chefs flock to Compass Group, Sodexo, Inc., Compass Group Usa Inc, Aramark Food Services, and Aramark, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Employees of Marriott International, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $84K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $66K to $157K. Executive Chefs can also look forward to large paychecks at Spirit Mountain Gaming, Inc. ($82K), Hilton Worldwide ($73K), and Morton's the Steakhouse ($71K).

The lowest pay by far can be found at Holiday Inn — this employer offers a median salary of $49K, 71 percent lower than the top payer. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Holiday Retirement Corporation ($50K), Unidine Corporation ($50K), and Compass Group Usa Inc ($51K).

Popular Skills for Executive Chef


Survey results imply that Executive Chefs deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in cooking, Executive Chef, Organizational Development, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include management, Order Inventory, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Most people who know Food Preparation also know Budget Management, Inventory Management, and Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Executive Chef

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


For Executive Chefs, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Executive Chefs make a median salary of $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: $56,877

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

Surpassing the national average by 32 percent, Executive Chefs in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Executive Chefs will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+31 percent), Los Angeles (+30 percent), Boston (+28 percent), and San Diego (+16 percent). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 3 percent.

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Experience Affects Executive Chef Salaries



National Average
$57,000



Skills That Affect Executive Chef Salaries

cooking
up arrow 13%

Executive Chef
up arrow 12%


Budget Management
up arrow 4%

Operations Management
up arrow 4%

Product Development
up arrow 4%

Training
0%

National Average
$57,000

Inventory Control
up arrow 1%

People Management
up arrow 1%

Food Preparation
up arrow 3%

Inventory Management
up arrow 3%

Menu Planning
up arrow 3%

Order Inventory
up arrow 4%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 4%

management
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 784 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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