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Personal Chef Salary (United States)

Median pay for Personal Chefs in the United States is around $19.96 per hour. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women Personal Chefs who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Slightly less than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one in five collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Personal Chef Salary (?
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$22,285 - $80,338
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MEDIAN: $40,340
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Personal Chef Salary (?
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$10.05 - $45.96
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$22,285 - $80,338  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
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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$21,177 - $86,191  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 215
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.05 - $45.96  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $12.12  
Overtime
$1.21 - $39.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
   
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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$21,177 - $86,191  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 324
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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 average inexperienced worker earns $37K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $41K. Personal Chefs see a median salary of $46K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $44K.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Miami
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$42,000
Atlanta
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Portland
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Scottsdale
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Surpassing the national average by 59 percent, Personal Chefs in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Personal Chefs will also find cushy salaries in Miami (+41 percent) and Los Angeles (+14 percent). Compared to the national average, Scottsdale Personal Chefs have considerably lower salaries, 26 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers also pay below the national average in Portland (23 percent lower) and Atlanta (10 percent lower).
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Experience Affects Personal Chef Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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National Average
$42,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
57%
female alumni
 
Male
43%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 30% dental benefits Dental: 19%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 70%