Head Chef Salary

The average salary for a Head Chef is $42,264 per year.
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$29,379 - $61,821
(Median)
$29K
$42K
$62K
MEDIAN: $42,264
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$9.81 - $20.32
(Median)
$9
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,379 - $61,821  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,112  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $15,050  
Commission
$2,449 - $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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$25,244 - $60,773  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 620
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.81 - $20.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.03  
Overtime
$11.56 - $29.35  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,112  
   
Commission
$2,449 - $10,113  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $15,050  
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).
)
$25,244 - $60,773  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 300
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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.

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Experience Affects Head Chef Salaries



National Average
$40,000



Skills That Affect Head Chef Salaries

People Management
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Menu Planning
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Order Inventory
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National Average
$40,000

Food Preparation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 161 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 46% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 53%
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