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Executive Sous Chef Salary (United States)

Approximately two-thirds of Executive Sous Chefs in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $34K to $72K per year, but median earnings come to around $50K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and between a fifth and a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Executive Sous Chef Salary (?
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$36,086 - $71,098
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MEDIAN: $50,172
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Executive Sous Chef Salary (?
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$11.33 - $22.12
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$36,086 - $71,098  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,831  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $2,948  
Commission
$2,650 - $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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$34,015 - $71,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 657
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.33 - $22.12  
   
Overtime
$14.85 - $32.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,831  
   
Commission
$2,650 - $10,000  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $2,948  
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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$34,015 - $71,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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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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Executive Sous Chefs may experience a boost if they go on to an upper-level role like Hotel Executive Chef. The median pay for Hotel Executive Chefs is $59K annually.

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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 7 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Food Preparation are, more often than not, also skilled in Menu Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Executive Sous 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $42K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $48K. Executive Sous Chefs claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $52K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Miami
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San Antonio
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Washington
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Boston
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Seattle
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Chicago
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Denver
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San Francisco
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New Orleans
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Orlando
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National Average
$50,000
Philadelphia
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St. Louis
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For Executive Sous Chefs, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Executive Sous Chefs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Miami (+24 percent), San Antonio (+19 percent), Washington (+18 percent), and Boston (+18 percent). St. Louis is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Executive Sous Chef Salaries

National Average
$50,000

Skills That Affect Executive Sous Chef Salaries

Food Preparation
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National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
10%
female alumni
 
Male
90%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 23%