Executive Sous Chef Salary (United States)

Executive Sous Chefs who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up nearly two-thirds of Executive Sous Chefs. Pay fluctuates from $32,885 to $70,192 per year, but expected earnings average $48,988 per year. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about one-fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by most and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Executive Sous Chef Salary (?
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$35,482 - $69,821
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MEDIAN: $49,395
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Executive Sous Chef Salary (?
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$10.93 - $21.39
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,482 - $69,821  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,701  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $2,948  
Commission
$1,965 - $9,916  
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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$32,885 - $70,192  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 686
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.93 - $21.39  
   
Overtime
$15.03 - $31.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,701  
   
Commission
$1,965 - $9,916  
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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$32,885 - $70,192  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 92
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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, career progression may result in a considerable increase in compensation. Typically, an Executive Hotel Chef, an upper-level role, can earn an extra $10,485 annually than those further down the career ladder.

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Popular Skills for Executive Sous Chef

Executive Sous Chefs note just a narrow range of job skills. Menu Planning and Operations Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 6 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.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $41K to $47K. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $50K. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Executive Sous Chefs who have made it this far report earning around $53K per year. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Miami
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San Antonio
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Boston
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Seattle
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Chicago
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Washington
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Los Angeles
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Denver
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San Francisco
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Orlando
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New Orleans
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National Average
$49,000
Philadelphia
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St. Louis
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Executive Sous Chefs will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 33 percent. Executive Sous Chefs will also find cushy salaries in Miami (+27 percent), San Antonio (+16 percent), Boston (+15 percent), and Seattle (+14 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis.

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Experience Affects Executive Sous Chef Salaries

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$49,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Executive Sous Chef Salaries

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National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
10%
female alumni
 
Male
90%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 23%