Average Kitchen Chefs in the United States make around $11.96 per hour. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although more than a third have medical coverage and close to a fourth have dental coverage, more than half claim no health benefits at all. The majority of Kitchen Chefs claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 67 percent of Kitchen Chefs are male. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$21,127 - $58,003
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$21K
$38K
$58K
MEDIAN: $37,543
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$8.96 - $16.29
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$21,127 - $58,003  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $6,787  
Profit Sharing
$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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$19,515 - $44,020  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 132
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.96 - $16.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.56  
Overtime
$12.85 - $24.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$-0.49 - $6,787  
   
Profit Sharing
$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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$19,515 - $44,020  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 420
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Job Description for Kitchen Chef

Kitchen chefs prepare foods for their establishment's diners. They may work for private institutions such as restaurants, entertainment venues, cruise ships and large corporations, as well as public institutions such as schools and public hospitals. Tasks performed by kitchen chefs include planning the menu, supervising kitchen assistants, waiters, and hostesses, and preparing food. Food preparation tasks may include cutting meat, vegetables and fruit; preparing stuffing, glazes and sauces; assembling plates to be sent to diners; and overseeing the food preparation tasks performed by subordinates in the kitchen. Kitchen chefs may conduct ordering and bookkeeping work for their restaurant as well.

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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 hard to find, Kitchen Chefs sometimes become Executive Chefs. The role averages $54K per year. 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 $3K higher for Head Chefs & Cooks.

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Popular Skills for Kitchen Chef


Survey results show that Kitchen Chefs use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, Menu Planning, Customer Service, and Food Preparation are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Cleaning as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. cooking and Inventory Management also typically command lower compensation. Cooking and Food Preparation are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Kitchen Chef

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $25K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $28K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $31K. For some reason, Kitchen Chefs with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $30K.

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

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Kitchen Chef Salaries

Order Inventory
up arrow 13%


National Average
$27,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Food Preparation
up arrow 3%

Inventory Management
up arrow 5%

cooking
up arrow 9%

Cleaning
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
medical benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 61%
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