Executive Sous Chefs in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and around two in three have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $52K per year, but may range from $37K to $75K per year. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 87 percent of Executive Sous Chefs are male. Most Executive Sous Chefs like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,184 - $74,091
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$39K
$52K
$74K
MEDIAN: $51,621
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$10.77 - $19.55
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$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$39,184 - $74,091  
   
Bonus
$503 - $9,744  
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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$37,028 - $75,017  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 359
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.77 - $19.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$16.31 - $28.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$503 - $9,744  
   
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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$37,028 - $75,017  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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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.

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It's not very common for Executive Sous Chefs to move on to become Food and Beverage Directors. Average pay for a Food and Beverage Director is $62K annually. Career advancement for the typical Executive Sous Chef often leads to becoming an Executive Chef or a Hotel Executive Chef; median salaries in these positions are $2K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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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. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, Menu Planning, Operations Management, and Food Preparation are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Food Preparation are similarly competent 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $45K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $51K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Executive Sous Chefs make a median salary of $54K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $55K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,381

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

For those looking to make money, Executive Sous Chefs in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Executive Sous Chefs will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent), Miami (+22 percent), Washington (+21 percent), and San Antonio (+20 percent). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Philadelphia. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and St. Louis (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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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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Food Preparation
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National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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