Executive Sous Chef Salary

Executive Sous Chefs in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with more than two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $51K annually on average but can range from $37K to $75K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — just under one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,349 - $72,989
(Median)
$38K
$51K
$73K
MEDIAN: $51,167
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$11.88 - $23.88
(Median)
$12
$15
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$38,349 - $72,989  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,008  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Commission
$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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$36,754 - $74,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 618
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $23.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$12.37 - $32.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,008  
   
Commission
$10,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$36,754 - $74,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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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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It doesn't happen often, but some Executive Sous Chefs do move on to become Food and Beverage Directors. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $61K per year. Executive Chefs or Hotel Executive Chefs are common next-step roles for Executive Sous Chefs moving up in their careers; annual pay for Executive Chefs is $2K higher on average, and it's $8K higher for Hotel Executive Chefs.

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Popular Skills for Executive Sous Chef


Typical Executive Sous Chefs report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, Menu Planning, Operations Management, and Food Preparation are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Food Preparation indicates knowledge of Menu Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Executive Sous Chef

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $44K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $50K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $54K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Executive Sous Chefs report making only $53K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,262

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for Executive Sous Chefs, 31 percent higher than the national average. Executive Sous Chefs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+30 percent), Miami (+22 percent), Washington (+22 percent), and San Antonio (+21 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 5 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Executive Sous Chef Salaries



National Average
$51,000



Skills That Affect Executive Sous Chef Salaries

Order Inventory
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Menu Planning
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Operations Management
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National Average
$51,000

Food Preparation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
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%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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