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Kitchen Chef Salary

Kitchen Chefs in the United States take home approximately $11.67 per hour on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by just over two-fifths and dental coverage is claimed by slightly less than a third. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$23,509 - $53,499
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MEDIAN: $35,286
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$8.34 - $16.48
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,509 - $53,499  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,543  
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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$18,437 - $45,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.34 - $16.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.53  
Overtime
$12.66 - $25.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,543  
   
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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$18,437 - $45,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 374
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Job Description for Kitchen Chef

Kitchen chefs prepare foods for other people. They work in both the private and public sectors. When kitchen chefs work in the private sector, they often work for restaurants, entertainment venues, cruise ships and large corporations. Kitchen chefs are also needed in the public sector, including schools and other institutions. They sometimes plan meals and menus, and often supervise kitchen assistants, waiters and hostesses. Many chefs are employed by the owners of the venue where they work, and some of them own the restaurants themselves.

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Kitchen Chef Tasks

  • Utilize extra meat in new menu items.
  • Chop, slice, grind, and garnish meats, vegetables, and cheeses.
  • Prepare appetizers, salads, sandwiches, sauces, stuffing, and glazes.
  • May supervise pantry staff.

Common Career Paths for Kitchen Chef


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Kitchen Chefs' salaries can rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Executive Chef. Executive Chefs get paid an average $53K per year. The most common next step for a Kitchen Chef is to become a Sous Chef or a Head Chef & Cook. The former position pays an additional $8K per year on average, and the latter position pays $4K more per year.

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Professional skills reported by Kitchen Chefs are few in number. Food Preparation and cooking are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include cooking and Food Preparation.

Pay by Experience Level for Kitchen Chef

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $25K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $27K. Kitchen Chefs see a median salary of $31K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $32K.

Kitchen Chef Reviews

What is it like working as a Kitchen Chef?

Kitchen Chef in Saint Ann:
"What Am I Worth?"
Pros: That I please people with my ability and they don't even know me personally.
Cons: That it takes time to excel but your skill level increases through that time.

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Experience Affects Kitchen Chef Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$27,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Kitchen Chef Salaries

National Average
$27,000


cooking
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 56%