Executive Sous Chef Salary

With more than two-thirds of Executive Sous Chefs in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $36K to $74K per year and averages out to $51K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Nearly one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. Most Executive Sous Chefs report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,823 - $72,913

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$11.92 - $23.41

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$37,823 - $72,913  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,962  
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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$36,155 - $74,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 601
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $23.41  
   
Overtime
$16.32 - $32.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,962  
   
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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$36,155 - $74,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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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 who become Hotel Executive Chefs position may earn slightly higher salaries. The median income for that position is $59K per year. With an annual salary of $53K, Executive Chef is the most common role for Executive Sous Chefs to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Restaurant General Manager role — which usually pays $46K — is also typical for Executive Sous Chefs, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Executive Sous Chef


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Executive Sous Chefs who took the survey. Those who have experience with Menu Planning, Operations Management, and Food Preparation can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people familiar with 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $44K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $49K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Executive Sous Chefs that is 29 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Executive Sous Chefs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Miami (+26 percent), Boston (+18 percent), San Antonio (+17 percent), and Washington (+16 percent). In St. Louis, salaries are 5 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Dallas and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Executive Sous Chef Salaries



National Average
$51,000



Skills That Affect Executive Sous Chef Salaries

Menu Planning
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Operations Management
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Food Preparation
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National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

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%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 21%
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