Kitchen Chef Salary
Kitchen Chefs in the United States can expect wages of $12.11 per hour on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. While some workers in this profession — the larger part — do not have any health coverage, over a third do receive medical benefits and around one in four have dental insurance. Most Kitchen Chefs report high levels of job satisfaction. Kitchen Chefs who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 68 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
Many kitchen chefs receive on-the-job training; however, they often attend culinary and vocational schools to learn their trade. Kitchen chefs usually begin their careers by working under the supervision of an experienced chef, and they must develop an in-depth understanding of food preparation and presentation; they often specialize in a particular type of cuisine. Many chefs are employed by their restaurant's owners, although some chefs own their own restaurants. Kitchen chefs hold a physically demanding job, and they often work long hours and may work late into the evening. They work on their feet for much of the day and are sometimes required to lift heavy objects.
Kitchen Chef Tasks
- Prepare appetizers, salads, sandwiches, sauces, stuffing, and glazes.
- May supervise pantry staff.
- Utilize extra meat in new menu items.
- Chop, slice, grind, and garnish meats, vegetables, and cheeses.
Common Career Paths for Kitchen Chef
For Kitchen Chefs, transitioning into an Executive Chef role — where the average salary $54K per year — is a rare occurrence. Kitchen Chefs most often move into positions as Sous Chefs or Head Chefs & Cooks; those groups report median salaries that are $8K higher and $3K higher, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Kitchen Chef
Kitchen Chefs report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, Menu Planning, cooking, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. Cleaning and Inventory Management as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. It is not unusual for someone who knows cooking to be familiar with Food Preparation as well.
Pay by Experience Level for Kitchen Chef
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $26K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $28K. Kitchen Chefs bring in $31K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $30K.
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