Executive Sous Chef Salary (United States)

Most Executive Sous Chefs in the United States—about two-thirds—have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $32,885 to $70,192 per year, but standard earnings come to around $48,988 per year. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, 23 percent are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by most and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Job satisfaction for Executive Sous Chefs is high. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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Additional career progression can lead to a hefty increase in pay for Executive Sous Chefs. At the upper end, those who move into an Executive Hotel Chef role can bring in an extra $10,485 per year.

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Popular Skills for Executive Sous Chef

Survey takers who work as Executive Sous Chefs typically report just a few professional skills. Menu Planning and Operations Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 6 percent respectively. 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, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. At career start, salaries are typically $41K, which grows to $47K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $50K. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Executive Sous Chefs earning an average of $53K per year. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

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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With a pay rate for Executive Sous Chefs that is 33 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Miami, San Antonio, Boston, and Seattle are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Executive Sous Chefs earning around 27 percent, 16 percent, 15 percent, and 14 percent more than average. St. Louis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent.

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Experience Affects Executive Sous Chef Salaries

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

Food Preparation
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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%
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