Head Chef Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Head Chef is $41,174 per year.
Head Chef Total Pay (?
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$29,442 - $59,914
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $41,173
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Head Chef Total Pay (?
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$9.92 - $20.03
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,442 - $59,914  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,781  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $14,795  
Commission
$4,750 - $10,113  
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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$25,622 - $58,981  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 882
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.92 - $20.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.00  
Overtime
$7.84 - $29.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,781  
   
Commission
$4,750 - $10,113  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $14,795  
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).
)
$25,622 - $58,981  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 882
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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

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Pay Difference By Location

Las Vegas
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New York
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Seattle
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Portland
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Dallas
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National Average
$39,000
Miami
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Buffalo
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Milwaukee
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Experience Affects Head Chef Salaries

National Average
$39,000

Skills That Affect Head Chef Salaries

Menu Planning
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Order Inventory
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People Management
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National Average
$39,000
Food Preparation
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
19%
female alumni
 
Male
81%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 47% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 51%
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