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.

$20,947 - $57,295
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MEDIAN: $37,426
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$9.03 - $16.76
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$20,947 - $57,295  
   
Bonus
$75.00 - $4,600  
Profit Sharing
$500  
Total Pay (?
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$19,760 - $45,468  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 138
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.03 - $16.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.64  
Overtime
$12.42 - $24.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$75.00 - $4,600  
   
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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$19,760 - $45,468  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 441

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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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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.

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
32 %
Male
68 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Kitchen Chef Salaries


Late-Career
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National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Kitchen Chef Salaries

Order Inventory
up arrow 11%


cooking
up arrow 6%

Customer Service
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National Average
$27,000


Inventory Management
up arrow 6%

Cleaning
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
vision benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 61%
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