Kitchen Chef Salary

Median pay for Kitchen Chefs in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $11.59 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.43 per hour to $15.65. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Kitchen Chefs (68 percent) who took the survey are men. Most Kitchen Chefs report high levels of job satisfaction. A majority 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. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,960 - $52,689

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$8.43 - $15.65

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,960 - $52,689  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,949  
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 - $42,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 143
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.43 - $15.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.38  
Overtime
$12.72 - $24.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,949  
   
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 - $42,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 413
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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Executive Chef. The latter position pays an average of $53K annually. When Kitchen Chefs are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Sous Chefs or Head Chefs & Cooks. Those roles pay an additional $9K and $4K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Kitchen Chef


Survey takers who work as Kitchen Chefs usually 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like cooking and Food Preparation. Customer Service 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $24K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $27K on average. Kitchen Chefs bring in $31K after working for 10 to 20 years. Kitchen Chefs who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 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 18%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
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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 1%

Food Preparation
up arrow 4%

cooking
up arrow 10%

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
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
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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