The average pay for a Head Chef is $44,149 per year. A skill in Training is associated with high pay for this job.
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$29,835 - $65,442
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$30K
$44K
$65K
MEDIAN: $44,149
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$9.96 - $20.33
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,835 - $65,442  
   
Bonus
$299.33 - $12,080  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $15,205  
Commission
$9,826  
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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$25,015 - $61,329  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 545
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $20.33  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.14  
Overtime
$14.84 - $31.08  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$299.33 - $12,080  
   
Commission
$9,826  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $15,205  
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).
)
$25,015 - $61,329  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 312
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Job Description for Head Chef

Head chefs work in restaurants, cafeterias, catering companies, bakeries, and many other other places which serve food. These chefs are generally expected to specialize in the particular cuisines served by their employers in order to prepare and cook food, often with the help of other chefs, and present it in an attractive manner. In some positions, head chefs may also be responsible for creating and modifying the menu or setting prices for selections.

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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

National Average: $40,559

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Experience Affects Head Chef Salaries



National Average
$41,000



Skills That Affect Head Chef Salaries

Training
up arrow 34%

Inventory Management
up arrow 3%

chef
up arrow 3%

Operations Management
up arrow 2%

Order Inventory
up arrow 1%

People Management
up arrow 1%

Menu Planning
0%

National Average
$41,000

Food Preparation
up arrow 1%

Job Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Chef (Opscode)
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 25%
medical benefits
Vision: 16%
dental benefits
None: 56%
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