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Executive Sous Chef Salary

Executive Sous Chefs in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and approximately two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $50K per year, but may range from $35K to $73K per year. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,785 - $71,736
(Median)
$37K
$50K
$72K
MEDIAN: $50,326
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90%

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$10.93 - $22.63
(Median)
$11
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$36,785 - $71,736  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,000  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $3,000  
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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$34,831 - $72,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 631
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.93 - $22.63  
   
Overtime
$15.58 - $32.27  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$983 - $3,000  
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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$34,831 - $72,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72

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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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For Executive Sous Chefs who go on to become Hotel Executive Chefs, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Hotel Executive Chef earns $59K annually. Going from Executive Sous Chef to Executive Chef is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $53K. Many others choose to work as Personal Chefs, where pay is typically $43K.

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Popular Skills for Executive Sous Chef


Executive Sous Chefs typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Menu Planning and Operations Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 5 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Most people experienced in 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.


For Executive Sous Chefs, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $42K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $49K. Executive Sous Chefs bring in $52K after working for 10 to 20 years. Executive Sous Chefs with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $53K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 31 percent, Executive Sous Chefs in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Executive Sous Chefs will also find cushy salaries in Miami (+24 percent), San Antonio (+18 percent), Washington (+18 percent), and Boston (+17 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 6 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (5 percent lower) and Philadelphia (1 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Executive Sous Chef Salaries



National Average
$50,000



Skills That Affect Executive Sous Chef Salaries


Operations Management
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Food Preparation
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National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 22%