Kitchen Chef Salary

For Kitchen Chefs, hourly average wages total $12.17 per hour. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and the greater part lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than a third and dental coverage is claimed by one in four. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. There are more male Kitchen Chefs than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 69 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$20,812 - $56,542
$21K
$37K
$57K
MEDIAN: $37,203
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$9.02 - $17.14
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MEDIAN: $12.17
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$20,812 - $56,542  
   
Bonus
$145.44 - $6,183  
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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$19,701 - $46,689  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 135
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.02 - $17.14  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.64  
Overtime
$12.39 - $26.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$145.44 - $6,183  
   
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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$19,701 - $46,689  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 428

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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

  • 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


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Many Kitchen Chefs move into an Executive Chef role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $54K per year. It is quite typical for Kitchen Chefs to transition into roles as Sous Chefs or Head Chefs & Cooks, where reported median earnings are $8K and $3K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Kitchen Chef


Kitchen Chefs report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, Menu Planning, Customer Service, and cooking are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. Cleaning and Inventory Management as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Many workers who know cooking also know Food Preparation.

Pay by Experience Level for Kitchen Chef

Pay by Experience for a Kitchen Chef has a positive trend. An entry-level Kitchen Chef with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 315 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Kitchen Chef with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 173 salaries. An experienced Kitchen Chef which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 139 salaries. A Kitchen Chef with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 71 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,559

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Nashville offers some of the highest pay in the country for Kitchen Chefs, 60 percent above the national average. Kitchen Chefs will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+47 percent), Orlando (+20 percent), Austin (+16 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Kitchen Chefs in San Diego earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average. Workers in Fort Worth and Portland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

Kitchen Chef Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Kitchen Chef

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 70 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Kitchen Chef Salaries

▲14%

▲12%

▲2%

National Average
$28,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Kitchen Chef Salaries


▲12%

Customer Service
▲6%

cooking
▲5%

National Average
$28,000


Inventory Management
▼6%

Cleaning
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
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%
vision benefits
Vision: 23%
no benefits
None: 61%