Head Chef Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Head Chef is $41,212 per year. A skill in Budget Management is associated with high pay for this job.
Head Chef Total Pay (?
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$29,558 - $59,872
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MEDIAN: $41,211
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Head Chef Total Pay (?
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$9.90 - $19.92
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,558 - $59,872  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,138  
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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$25,406 - $58,935  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 894
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.90 - $19.92  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.00  
Overtime
$7.94 - $29.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,138  
   
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).
)
$25,406 - $58,935  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 894
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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 Difference By Location
New York
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Dallas
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Seattle
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Portland
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Miami
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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
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Order Inventory
up arrow 3%
People Management
up arrow 1%
Food Preparation
0%
National Average
$39,000
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
18%
female alumni
 
Male
82%
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
20%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 51%
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