Kitchen Chef Salary

Median pay for Kitchen Chefs in the United States is around $11.57 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.40 per hour and $15.64. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Kitchen Chefs like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although more than two-fifths have medical coverage and slightly less than a third have dental coverage, the greater part claim no health benefits at all. Kitchen Chefs who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 68 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$24,063 - $56,930
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$57K
MEDIAN: $35,814
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$8.40 - $15.64
(Median)
$8
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,063 - $56,930  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
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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$18,528 - $43,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 144
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.40 - $15.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.40  
Overtime
$12.72 - $24.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
   
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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$18,528 - $43,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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 may progress into high-paying roles like Executive Chef, where median compensation is $53K annually. A common career progression for a Kitchen Chef is to become a Sous Chef or a Head Chef & Cook. Compared to Kitchen Chefs, the first group earns $8K more on average, and the second group earns $4K more.

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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 and Food Preparation. Competency in Customer Service frequently indicates knowledge of 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $25K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $27K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Kitchen Chefs make a median salary of $31K. Kitchen Chefs who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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 17%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Kitchen Chef Salaries

Menu Planning
up arrow 11%

National Average
$27,000

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Food Preparation
up arrow 4%

cooking
up arrow 11%

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: 42% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 56%
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