Kitchen Chef Salary (United States)

Pay for Kitchen Chefs in the United States is typically around $11.65 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.38 per hour to $16.05. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all—more than half lack any form of coverage—but 43 percent have medical insurance, and around one third have dental, too. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Kitchen Chef Salary (?
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$23,575 - $57,507
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MEDIAN: $35,639
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Kitchen Chef Salary (?
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$8.38 - $16.05
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$23,575 - $57,507  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,591  
Profit Sharing
$950 - $12,500  
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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$18,486 - $46,348  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.38 - $16.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.33  
Overtime
$12.77 - $24.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,591  
   
Profit Sharing
$950 - $12,500  
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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$18,486 - $46,348  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 380
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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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Though it's rare, some Kitchen Chefs move into roles as Executive Chefs, bringing in an extra $26K per year. Kitchen Chefs typically move into roles as Sous Chefs or Head Chefs, where they can expect an extra $7,922 or $4,163 per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Kitchen Chef

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In most cases, Kitchen Chefs can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Compensation grows after five to 10 years from $25K to $26K. Pay amounts to $30K after 10 to 20 years. Salary increase slows as Kitchen Chefs pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $33K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 23 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 12 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$27,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Kitchen Chefs, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 31 percent above the national average. Kitchen Chefs will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+14 percent) and Atlanta (+13 percent). Kitchen Chefs in San Diego make 25 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay.

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
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Experienced
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National Average
$27,000
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
30%
female alumni
 
Male
70%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 55%
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