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Kitchen Chef Salary

Median pay for Kitchen Chefs in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $11.56 per hour. Compensation ranges between $8.38 per hour and $16.07. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 69 percent of Kitchen Chefs are male. For the most part, Kitchen Chefs enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The greater part of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, just over two-fifths report medical coverage and just under one in three claim dental coverage as well. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$23,964 - $59,327
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$59K
MEDIAN: $35,889
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$8.38 - $16.07
(Median)
$8
$12
$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
$23,964 - $59,327  
   
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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$18,541 - $45,522  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 148
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.38 - $16.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.48  
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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$18,541 - $45,522  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 378

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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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There are some Kitchen Chefs — though it's rare — that transition into Executive Chefs, where median earnings are $53K annually. Sous Chefs or Head Chefs & Cooks are common next-step roles for Kitchen Chefs moving up in their careers; annual pay for Sous Chefs is $8K higher on average, and it's $4K higher for Head Chefs & Cooks.

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Popular Skills for Kitchen Chef


Kitchen Chefs only 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 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.


For Kitchen Chefs, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $25K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $27K. On average, Kitchen Chefs make $31K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $32K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Kitchen Chef Reviews

What is it like working as a Kitchen Chef?

Kitchen Chef in Saint Ann:
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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 18%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$27,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Kitchen Chef Salaries

Menu Planning
up arrow 10%

National Average
$27,000


Customer Service
up arrow 5%

cooking
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 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: 56%