Personal Chef Salary

Median pay for Personal Chefs in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $20.31 per hour. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Personal Chefs (57 percent) survey respondents. Slightly less than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one in five collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Personal Chefs is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$22,151 - $78,590

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$10.30 - $45.31

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$22,151 - $78,590  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,582  
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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$22,174 - $85,907  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 209
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $45.31  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $9.17  
Overtime
$4.50 - $43.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,582  
   
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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$22,174 - $85,907  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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.


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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $45K in this role. Personal Chefs who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $44K.

Personal Chef Advice

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

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 8%

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

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 50 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 29% dental benefits Dental: 19%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 70%
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