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Executive Sous Chef Salary

Executive Sous Chefs in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with a little under three-quarters bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $51K annually on average but can range from $35K to $73K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Executive Sous Chefs, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one-fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,151 - $71,772
(Median)
$37K
$51K
$72K
MEDIAN: $50,503
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50%
90%

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$10.84 - $22.76
(Median)
$11
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$37,151 - $71,772  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,993  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $3,000  
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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$35,313 - $72,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 619
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.84 - $22.76  
   
Overtime
$15.50 - $32.32  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,993  
   
Profit Sharing
$983 - $3,000  
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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$35,313 - $72,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 69

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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. 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 Personal Chef role — which usually pays $43K — is also typical for Executive Sous Chefs, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Executive Sous Chef


Typical Executive Sous Chefs report a focused set of job skills. Menu Planning and Operations Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 4 percent and 4 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.


Executive Sous Chefs with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $44K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $49K. On average, Executive Sous Chefs make $52K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $53K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 31 percent, Executive Sous Chefs in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Executive Sous Chefs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Miami (+23 percent), San Antonio (+18 percent), Washington (+17 percent), and Boston (+17 percent). Trailing the national average by 5 percent, Dallas is the market with the smallest paychecks. St. Louis and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Executive Sous Chef Salaries



National Average
$50,000



Skills That Affect Executive Sous Chef Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 4%

Menu Planning
up arrow 4%

Food Preparation
up arrow 1%

National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
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: 53% employee benefits None: 21%
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