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Executive Sous Chef Salary (United States)

Executive Sous Chefs in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent approximately two in three of Executive Sous Chefs. Salaries average out to around $49K per year and spread from $33K to $70K per year. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While just over one in five report receiving no health benefits, a fair portion do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Work is enjoyable for Executive Sous Chefs, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Executive Sous Chef Salary (?
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$35,482 - $69,821
(Median)
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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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MEDIAN: $14.00
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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  
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 (?
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$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  
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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As Executive Sous Chefs transition into upper-level roles such as Hotel Executive Chef, they may see a strong upturn in salary. an Hotel Executive Chef typically earns $59K per year.

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Popular Skills for Executive Sous Chef

Executive Sous Chefs only report a few specific skills. Menu Planning and Operations Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 6 percent respectively. Most people who know 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.
Executive Sous Chefs with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $41K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $47K. Executive Sous Chefs see a median salary of $50K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Executive Sous Chefs with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $53K. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; a majority of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
up arrow 33%
Miami
up arrow 27%
San Antonio
up arrow 16%
Boston
up arrow 15%
Seattle
up arrow 14%
Chicago
up arrow 11%
Washington
up arrow 8%
Los Angeles
up arrow 7%
Denver
up arrow 7%
San Francisco
up arrow 6%
Orlando
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New Orleans
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National Average
$49,000
Philadelphia
up arrow 6%
St. Louis
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Executive Sous Chefs, 33 percent higher than the national average. Other big spenders include Miami, San Antonio, Boston, and Seattle, top-paying cities where Executive Sous Chefs see paychecks higher than average (+27 percent, +16 percent, +15 percent, and +14 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, St. Louis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Executive Sous Chef Salaries

National Average
$49,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

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%