Head Chef Salary

Head Chefs in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent close to three-fifths of Head Chefs. Salaries average out to around $44K per year and spread from $25K to $60K per year. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Around two in five enjoy medical while between a fifth and a fourth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one in six. The vast majority (82 percent) of Head Chefs who answered the questionnaire are male. Work is enjoyable for Head Chefs, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,844 - $63,488
$30K
$44K
$63K
MEDIAN: $43,732
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90%

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$10.06 - $19.77
$10
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $14.98
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$0$63K
Salary $29,844 - $63,488
Bonus $150.00 - $8,500
Profit Sharing $1,965
Commission $3,600
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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$25,145 - $59,691
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 536
Hourly Data $0$29
Hourly Rate $10.06 - $19.77
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $4.11
Overtime $14.48 - $29.70
Annual Data $0$59K
Bonus $150.00 - $8,500
Commission $3,600
Profit Sharing $1,965
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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$25,145 - $59,691
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 343

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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

  • Manage kitchen operation including food purchases and preparation, record keeping, quality standards, and sanitation.
  • Train employees in cooking methods, plate presentations, portions, and cost control.

Common Career Paths for Head Chef


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Head Chefs who move on to become Executive Chefs may enjoy significant pay raises, as Executive Chefs get paid an average of $54K per year. Head Chefs go on to become Head Chefs & Cooks more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $31K. Head Chefs who move into an Executive Sous Chef role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $47K.

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Popular Skills for Head Chef


Head Chefs seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Training and chef are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include cooking and Chef. Those proficient in Food Preparation are, more often than not, also skilled in People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Head Chef

Pay by Experience for a Head Chef has a positive trend. An entry-level Head Chef with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 223 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Head Chef with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 301 salaries. An experienced Head Chef which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 429 salaries. A Head Chef with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 187 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,127

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Head Chefs, New York offers exceptional salaries, 48 percent above the national average. Head Chefs will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+22 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), and Portland (+15 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Head Chef's salary, with Miami Head Chefs earning salaries that are 22 percent less than the national average. Workers in Rochester and Sacramento earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (17 percent less and 13 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Head Chef

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 137 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Head Chef Salaries

▲7%

▲5%

National Average
$40,000

▼2%

▼12%

Skills That Affect Head Chef Salaries

Training
▲36%

chef
▲4%



Operations Management
▲2%


Inventory Management
▲1%


Job Scheduling
▼0%

National Average
$40,000

Chef (Opscode)
▼4%

cooking
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 23%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
no benefits
None: 59%
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