Kitchen Chef Salary

Average Kitchen Chefs in the United States make around $11.51 per hour. Compensation ranges between $8.42 per hour and $15.64. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of Kitchen Chefs claim high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Kitchen Chefs (68 percent) who took the survey are men. Although just over two-fifths have medical coverage and slightly less than a third have dental coverage, more than half claim no health benefits at all. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$23,836 - $58,292
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$58K
MEDIAN: $35,789
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$8.42 - $15.64
(Median)
$8
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$23,836 - $58,292  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
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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$18,524 - $43,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 146
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.42 - $15.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.42  
Overtime
$12.73 - $24.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
   
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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$18,524 - $43,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 405
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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 who transition into Executive Chefs are few and far between. The job pays an average $53K per year. Kitchen Chefs most often move into positions as Sous Chefs or Head Chefs & Cooks; those groups report median salaries that are $9K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Kitchen Chef


Kitchen Chefs usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Menu Planning, Customer Service, Food Preparation, and cooking are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include cooking and Food Preparation. Experience with Customer Service is often linked with knowledge of Food Preparation.

Pay by Experience Level for Kitchen Chef

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


Kitchen Chefs with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $24K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $27K. Kitchen Chefs see a median salary of $31K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Kitchen Chef Reviews

What is it like working as a Kitchen Chef?

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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Experience Affects Kitchen Chef Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Kitchen Chef Salaries

Menu Planning
up arrow 11%

National Average
$27,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Food Preparation
up arrow 4%

cooking
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 55%
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