The average wage for a Head Chef/Cook is $12.25 per hour. The highest paying skills associated with this job are People Management and Menu Planning.
Head Chef/Cook Total Pay (?
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$24,114 - $53,786
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MEDIAN: $36,517
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Head Chef/Cook Total Pay (?
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$8.91 - $17.32
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,114 - $53,786  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,137  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $34,765  
Commission
$0.00 - $2,543  
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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$20,151 - $48,256  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,288
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.91 - $17.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.87  
Overtime
$9.98 - $25.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,137  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $2,543  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $34,765  
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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$20,151 - $48,256  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,288
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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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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
New York
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Chicago
up arrow 18%
Minneapolis
up arrow 11%
San Diego
up arrow 10%
Las Vegas
up arrow 2%
Phoenix
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National Average
$30,000
Atlanta
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Austin
up arrow 11%
St. Louis
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Experience Affects Head Chef/Cook Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%
Experienced
up arrow 6%
Mid-Career
0%
National Average
$30,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Head Chef/Cook Salaries

People Management
up arrow 28%
Menu Planning
up arrow 15%
Inventory Management
up arrow 8%
cooking
up arrow 5%
Scheduling
0%
National Average
$30,000
Order Inventory
up arrow 1%
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Gender
Female
31%
female alumni
 
Male
69%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
22%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 40% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 59%
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