Executive Sous Chef Salary

Executive Sous Chefs in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and more than two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $50K per year, but may range from $36K to $74K per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Some workers in this field — about one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,409 - $72,563
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$37K
$50K
$73K
MEDIAN: $50,443
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$11.81 - $23.09
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$12
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$37,409 - $72,563  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,891  
Total Pay (?
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$35,751 - $73,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 611
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.81 - $23.09  
   
Overtime
$15.83 - $32.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,891  
   
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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$35,751 - $73,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 62
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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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At the upper end, Executive Sous Chefs who move into a Hotel Executive Chef role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $59K per year. An Executive Chef role is the most common promotion for Executive Sous Chefs moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $53K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Executive Sous Chefs is a Personal Chef position, where earnings are usually $43K.

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Popular Skills for Executive Sous Chef


Professional skills reported by Executive Sous Chefs are few in number. Those who have experience with Menu Planning, Operations Management, and Food Preparation can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those familiar with Food Preparation also tend to 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 many Executive Sous Chefs, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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 $49K. Executive Sous Chefs with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $52K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $53K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Executive Sous Chefs in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Executive Sous Chefs will also find cushy salaries in Miami (+26 percent), Boston (+19 percent), San Antonio (+18 percent), and Washington (+17 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Workers in Dallas and Orlando earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (4 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Executive Sous Chef Salaries



National Average
$50,000



Skills That Affect Executive Sous Chef Salaries

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National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

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: 76% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 21%
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