Kitchen Chef Salary

Average Kitchen Chefs in the United States make around $11.74 per hour. Compensation ranges from $8.68 per hour on the lower end to $15.75 on the higher end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Male Kitchen Chefs are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 69 percent of professionals. Although roughly two-fifths have medical coverage and slightly less than a third have dental coverage, the larger part claim no health benefits at all. Most Kitchen Chefs report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$22,342 - $54,631
(Median)
$22K
$37K
$55K
MEDIAN: $36,676
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$8.68 - $15.75
(Median)
$8
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$22,342 - $54,631  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,490  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$18,865 - $44,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 160
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.68 - $15.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.51  
Overtime
$12.58 - $24.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,490  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$18,865 - $44,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 472
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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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Kitchen Chefs may progress into high-paying roles like Executive Chef, where median compensation is $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 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. Aptitude in Customer Service tends to also indicate an understanding 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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $25K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $27K on average. Kitchen Chefs see a median salary of $30K after reaching 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 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 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Kitchen Chef Salaries

Menu Planning
up arrow 10%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

National Average
$27,000

Food Preparation
up arrow 4%

cooking
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 40%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
medical benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 58%
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