Personal Chef Salary

Earnings for Personal Chefs in the United States come in at around $20.41 per hour on average. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than a third, and slightly less than a fifth earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$23,656 - $76,752
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$41K
$77K
MEDIAN: $40,665
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$11.26 - $45.96
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$46
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$23,656 - $76,752  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,801  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$23,965 - $89,353  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 219
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.26 - $45.96  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $7.15  
Overtime
$6.21 - $44.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,801  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$23,965 - $89,353  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 372
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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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $40K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $42K on average. Personal Chefs who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $48K. For some reason, Personal Chefs with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $44K.

Personal Chef Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Personal Chef in Denver:
Have good planning skills, note their preferences and likes/dislikes and enjoy the love of cooking. Be happy ... And positive! Be resourceful, and really enjoy what you do or "get out of the kitchen'. :)

Personal Chef in Austin:
"Listen to specific needs."
Listen to specific needs and be open to what the client wants. Offer your menu but don't end at that. Listen!

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 14%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
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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
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 28%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
medical benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 71%
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