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Personal Chef Salary

An average Personal Chef in the United States can expect to take home roughly $20.18 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to just under one in three, and just under one in five earn dental coverage. Women Personal Chefs who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$23,338 - $79,649
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$23K
$40K
$80K
MEDIAN: $40,053
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$10.20 - $47.18
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$47
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$23,338 - $79,649  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,823  
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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$21,709 - $88,503  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 214
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.20 - $47.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $7.45  
Overtime
$1.30 - $36.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,823  
   
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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$21,709 - $88,503  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 353

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Job Description for Personal Chef

Personal chefs prepare meals for individuals, families, and sometimes businesses. They can be hired to serve smaller or larger groups, but they generally work in a setting that is more intimate than a restaurant kitchen. Personal chefs work in a kitchen and require a variety of kitchen appliances and culinary tools to prepare meals for the client.

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Personal Chef Tasks

  • Prepare meals using safe techniques.
  • Shop for food supplies.
  • Plan menu based on clients' specific requirements.
  • Clean kitchen when cooking is complete.

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Pay by Experience Level for Personal Chef

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


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $39K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $42K. Personal Chefs claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $46K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $44K.

Personal Chef Reviews

What is it like working as a Personal Chef?

Personal Chef in Miami:
"Great Lifestyle but stressful at times."
Pros: Not having to wake up early. More relaxed than a normal kitchen. Having to be resourceful and being on the go.
Cons: The rate of pay. Dealing with different attitudes day to day. Having to plan around someone else's schedule.

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Experience Affects Personal Chef Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 29% dental benefits Dental: 18%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 70%
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