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Kitchen Chef Salary

Kitchen Chefs in the United States take home approximately $11.45 per hour on average. Lower pay rates hover around $8.38 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $16.09. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — the greater part lack any form of coverage — but more than two-fifths have medical insurance, and just under a third have dental, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Kitchen Chefs who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (69 percent) are men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,784 - $55,752
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$56K
MEDIAN: $35,801
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$8.38 - $16.09
(Median)
$8
$11
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$23,784 - $55,752  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $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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$18,518 - $44,489  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 147
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.38 - $16.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.46  
Overtime
$12.80 - $24.67  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $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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$18,518 - $44,489  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 390

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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 who move on to become Executive Chefs may enjoy significant pay raises, as Executive Chefs get paid an average of $53K per year. Typical career progression for a Kitchen Chef involves becoming a Sous Chef or a Head Chef & Cook, roles that pay $8K more and $4K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Kitchen Chef


Kitchen Chefs only 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include cooking and Food Preparation. Customer Service and Food Preparation are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Kitchen Chef

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Kitchen Chefs — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $24K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $27K on average. Kitchen Chefs who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $31K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $32K.

Kitchen Chef Reviews

What is it like working as a Kitchen Chef?

Kitchen Chef in Saint Ann:
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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
0%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Kitchen Chef Salaries

Menu Planning
up arrow 11%

National Average
$27,000

Customer Service
up arrow 2%


cooking
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 56%
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