Executive Sous Chef Salary

With between two-thirds and three-fourths of Executive Sous Chefs in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Executive Sous Chefs is $51K annually and can range from $37K on the lower end to $75K per year near the higher end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over a fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,349 - $72,989
(Median)
$38K
$51K
$73K
MEDIAN: $51,167
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$11.88 - $23.88
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$12
$15
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$38,349 - $72,989  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,008  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Commission
$10,000  
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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$36,754 - $74,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 618
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $23.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$12.37 - $32.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,008  
   
Commission
$10,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$36,754 - $74,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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Job Description for Executive Sous Chef

An executive sous chef's duties include supervising and coordinating every aspect of food production and ensuring a high level of quality and service for the front and back of the house. They typically work in high-end dining establishments, and the work can be both physically and mentally demanding.

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Executive Sous Chef Tasks

  • Analyze inventory, staffing, and budget data to forecast and identify trends.
  • Oversee quality control for ingredients, finished products, and facilities.
  • Prepare food for special events and ongoing operations.
  • Supervise and train staff to ensure quality, timely, and within budget delivery.

Common Career Paths for Executive Sous Chef


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Though it's uncommon, some Executive Sous Chefs move into roles as Food and Beverage Directors, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $61K per year. Executive Sous Chefs moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Executive Chefs or Hotel Executive Chefs. The median paychecks in those roles are $2K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Executive Sous Chef


Typical Executive Sous Chefs report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, Menu Planning, Operations Management, and Food Preparation are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know Food Preparation also know Menu Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Executive Sous Chef

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $44K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $50K. For Executive Sous Chefs, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $54K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $53K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,262

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

Home to some of the best pay for Executive Sous Chefs, Boston offers exceptional salaries, 31 percent above the national average. Executive Sous Chefs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+30 percent), Miami (+22 percent), Washington (+22 percent), and San Antonio (+21 percent). Trailing the national average by 5 percent, Dallas is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Executive Sous Chef Salaries



National Average
$51,000



Skills That Affect Executive Sous Chef Salaries

Order Inventory
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Menu Planning
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Operations Management
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National Average
$51,000

Food Preparation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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