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Personal Chef Salary

Personal Chefs in the United States pull down an average of $20.23 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Women Personal Chefs who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. For the most part, Personal Chefs enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Slightly less than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one-fifth collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$22,506 - $78,973
(Median)
$23K
$40K
$79K
MEDIAN: $39,774
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$10.20 - $46.00
(Median)
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$20
$46
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$22,506 - $78,973  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
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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$21,588 - $86,749  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 214
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.20 - $46.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $7.14  
Overtime
$1.70 - $38.64  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
   
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).
)
$21,588 - $86,749  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 354
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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.


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $40K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $41K on average. Personal Chefs bring in $46K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $44K by contrast.

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 8%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

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
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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