Personal Chef Salary

Pay for Personal Chefs in the United States sits in the ballpark of $20.26 per hour. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Just under one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one-fifth collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. Work is enjoyable for Personal Chefs, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$22,357 - $79,093
(Median)
$22K
$40K
$79K
MEDIAN: $39,923
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$10.25 - $45.41
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$45
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$22,357 - $79,093  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,909  
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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$21,945 - $86,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 212
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.25 - $45.41  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $9.70  
Overtime
$6.70 - $43.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,909  
   
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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$21,945 - $86,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 350
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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.


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $40K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $41K. Personal Chefs see a median salary of $46K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Personal Chefs who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks 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
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Late-Career
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National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 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
28%
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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