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Kitchen Chef Salary

Kitchen Chefs in the United States take home an average $11.42 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $8.35 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $16.22. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Kitchen Chefs. The larger part of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than two-fifths report medical coverage and slightly less than a third claim dental coverage as well. Men make up the majority of Kitchen Chefs (69 percent) survey respondents. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,784 - $59,422
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$59K
MEDIAN: $35,937
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$8.35 - $16.22
(Median)
$8
$11
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$23,784 - $59,422  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
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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$18,473 - $45,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 147
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.35 - $16.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.45  
Overtime
$12.79 - $24.72  
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$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
   
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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$18,473 - $45,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 388

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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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For Kitchen Chefs, transitioning into an Executive Chef role — where the average salary $53K per year — is a rare occurrence. It is quite typical for Kitchen Chefs to transition into roles as Sous Chefs or Head Chefs & Cooks, where reported median earnings are $8K and $4K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Kitchen Chef


Kitchen Chefs report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Menu Planning, Customer Service, Food Preparation, and cooking are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include cooking, Food Preparation, and Customer Service. Many workers who know Customer Service also know Food Preparation.

Pay by Experience Level for Kitchen Chef

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


Kitchen Chefs do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $24K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $27K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $31K. 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.

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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 17%

Mid-Career
0%

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 4%


cooking
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 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
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 57%
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