Head Chef/Cook Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Head Chef/Cook is $12.26 per hour.
Head Chef/Cook Total Pay (?
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$23,891 - $53,618
(Median)
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54K
MEDIAN: $36,392
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Head Chef/Cook Total Pay (?
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$8.96 - $17.35
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,891 - $53,618  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,083  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $4,000  
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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$20,136 - $47,376  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,097
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.96 - $17.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.64  
Overtime
$9.24 - $27.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,083  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $4,000  
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).
)
$20,136 - $47,376  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,097
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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Head Chef/Cook

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

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Las Vegas
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Chicago
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Austin
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National Average
$30,000
St. Louis
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Experience Affects Head Chef/Cook Salaries

National Average
$30,000

Skills That Affect Head Chef/Cook Salaries

Inventory Management
up arrow 9%
Menu Planning
up arrow 3%
Order Inventory
up arrow 1%
National Average
$30,000
Food Preparation
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
32%
female alumni
 
Male
68%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 40% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 58%
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