Kitchen Chef Salary

Earnings for Kitchen Chefs in the United States come in at around $12.38 per hour on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Kitchen Chefs like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, a majority are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by over a third and dental insurance is reported by close to one-fourth. Most Kitchen Chefs survey respondents are men (72 percent). The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$20,922 - $57,948
$21K
$37K
$58K
MEDIAN: $37,282
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$9.30 - $17.42
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MEDIAN: $12.38
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$0$57K
Salary $20,922 - $57,948
Bonus $0.00 - $8,604
Profit Sharing $500
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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$20,120 - $47,814
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 139
Hourly Data $0$26
Hourly Rate $9.30 - $17.42
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $2.89
Overtime $12.81 - $26.99
Annual Data $0$47K
Bonus $0.00 - $8,604
Profit Sharing $500
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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$20,120 - $47,814
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 440

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Job Description for Kitchen Chef

Kitchen chefs prepare foods for their establishment's diners. They may work for private institutions such as restaurants, entertainment venues, cruise ships and large corporations, as well as public institutions such as schools and public hospitals. Tasks performed by kitchen chefs include planning the menu, supervising kitchen assistants, waiters, and hostesses, and preparing food. Food preparation tasks may include cutting meat, vegetables and fruit; preparing stuffing, glazes and sauces; assembling plates to be sent to diners; and overseeing the food preparation tasks performed by subordinates in the kitchen. Kitchen chefs may conduct ordering and bookkeeping work for their restaurant as well.

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Kitchen Chef Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Kitchen Chef


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While difficult to come across, Kitchen Chefs do sometimes move on to become Executive Chefs. The average salary for Executive Chefs is $54K annually. Kitchen Chefs most often move into positions as Sous Chefs or Head Chefs & Cooks; those groups report median salaries that are $7K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Kitchen Chef


Kitchen Chefs generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, Menu Planning, Customer Service, and cooking are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Cleaning as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Inventory Management and Food Preparation also typically command lower compensation. Competency in cooking frequently indicates knowledge of Food Preparation.

Pay by Experience Level for Kitchen Chef

Pay by Experience for a Kitchen Chef has a positive trend. An entry-level Kitchen Chef with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 315 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Kitchen Chef with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 173 salaries. An experienced Kitchen Chef which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 139 salaries. A Kitchen Chef with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 71 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,411

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

For Kitchen Chefs, busy Nashville offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 56 percent above the national average. Kitchen Chefs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+43 percent), Orlando (+17 percent), Austin (+12 percent), and Seattle (+10 percent). Kitchen Chefs' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Kitchen Chefs in San Diego bring in salaries that are 30 percent lower than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Fort Worth (16 percent lower) and Portland (10 percent lower).

Kitchen Chef Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Kitchen Chef?

Kitchen Chef in Sandwich:
"Stressful."
Pros: The satisfaction of putting out meals.
Cons: The stress.

Kitchen Chef in Taylorsville:
"Hard work."
Pros: Cooking a lot of different types of food and serving people from all walks of life.
Cons: High stress environment, many tasks fall on Chef to do.

Kitchen Chef in West Palm Beach:
"Management."
Pros: The environment is great.the people are so friendly and helpful. The hours are great with also the overtime.the people are so friendly and helpful.also with the medical benefits and the pay vacations that's what makes it just such a good place.
Cons: This job requires a lot of additional duties and in my opinion the position is not compensated for the amount and quality of work that the workers do.

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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Key Stats for Kitchen Chef

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Kitchen Chef Salaries

▲11%

▲9%

National Average
$28,000

▼1%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Kitchen Chef Salaries



cooking
▲2%

Customer Service
▲2%

National Average
$28,000


Inventory Management
▼9%

Cleaning
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 36%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
vision benefits
Vision: 23%
no benefits
None: 62%
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