Head Chef/Cook Salary

The average Head Chef & Cook in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $12.14 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. While some workers in this profession — a majority — do not have any health coverage, about two in five do receive medical benefits and slightly less than a third have dental insurance. The majority of Head Chefs & Cooks (66 percent) who took the survey are men. For the most part, Head Chefs & Cooks enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$22,924 - $54,182
(Median)
$23K
$36K
$54K
MEDIAN: $35,744
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$8.91 - $17.25
(Median)
$8
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$22,924 - $54,182  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,469  
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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$19,672 - $47,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 269
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.91 - $17.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.55  
Overtime
$7.11 - $28.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,469  
   
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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$19,672 - $47,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 707
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Job Description for Head Chef/Cook

Head chefs/cooks are responsible for overseeing the quality of food as it leaves the kitchen. They must ensure that their kitchens meet the health standards set in place by governmental agencies. Additionally, they are responsible for making sure that other kitchen personnel follow food safety guidelines and meet hygiene standards. Head chefs/cooks must understand how kitchen equipment functions and ensure that it is operable and in safe working condition. Additionally, a head chef/cook often supervises the rest of the kitchen staff. Head chefs/cooks are typically responsible for ordering, inventorying, and keeping detailed records of food items and their costs. They must have experience creating menus that assist owners in attracting and maintaining clientele. They also may be responsible for setting menu prices.

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Head Chef/Cook Tasks

  • Train employees in cooking methods, plate presentations, portions, and cost control.
  • Manage kitchen operation including food purchases and preparation, record keeping, quality standards, and sanitation.

Common Career Paths for Head Chef/Cook


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There are some Head Chefs & Cooks — though it's uncommon — that transition into Hotel Executive Chefs, where earnings are an average $60K annually. When Head Chefs & Cooks are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Executive Chefs or Sous Chefs. Those roles pay an additional $25K and $7K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Head Chef/Cook


Head Chefs & Cooks only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Cook, Menu Planning, and Order Inventory are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Food Preparation. Those educated in Food Preparation tend to be well versed in Menu Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Head Chef/Cook

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


Head Chefs & Cooks with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $26K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $30K. On average, Head Chefs & Cooks make $30K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Head Chef & Cook generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $31K.

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Experience Affects Head Chef/Cook Salaries




National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Head Chef/Cook Salaries

Inventory Management
up arrow 12%

Cook
up arrow 5%

Menu Planning
up arrow 3%

Order Inventory
0%

National Average
$29,000

Food Preparation
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 188 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
medical benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 59%
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