The average pay for a Head Chef is $40,835 per year. A skill in Budget Management is associated with high pay for this job.
Head Chef Total Pay (?
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$29,098 - $60,107
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MEDIAN: $40,835
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Head Chef Total Pay (?
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$9.92 - $19.95
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,098 - $60,107  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,129  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $10,000  
Commission
$2,457 - $10,056  
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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$25,146 - $59,393  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 912
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.92 - $19.95  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.31 - $5.71  
Overtime
$9.93 - $29.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,129  
   
Commission
$2,457 - $10,056  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $10,000  
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).
)
$25,146 - $59,393  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 912
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Job Description for Head Chef
The Head Chef plays one of the most important roles in the restaurant industry. Head Chefs must have extensive knowledge of the food their restaurant prepares, as well as the ability to implement quality new menu items. They must also possess the managerial skills required to run a kitchen and the employees working in it.
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Head Chef 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
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
New York
up arrow 27%
Seattle
up arrow 25%
Portland
up arrow 11%
Miami
up arrow 10%
Dallas
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National Average
$39,000
Buffalo
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Experience Affects Head Chef Salaries

National Average
$39,000

Skills That Affect Head Chef Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 29%
Order Inventory
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Food Preparation
0%
People Management
0%
National Average
$39,000
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 143 votes.
Gender
Female
19%
female alumni
 
Male
81%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
20%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 51%
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