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Personal Chef Salary

Personal Chefs in the United States take home an average $20.13 per hour. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Just under a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a little less than one-fifth collect dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Personal Chefs (56 percent) survey respondents. Most Personal Chefs like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$23,338 - $79,214
(Median)
$23K
$40K
$79K
MEDIAN: $40,242
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$10.15 - $46.94
(Median)
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$20
$47
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$23,338 - $79,214  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,812  
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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$21,593 - $87,329  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 214
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.15 - $46.94  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $9.79  
Overtime
$1.30 - $38.78  
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 - $4,812  
   
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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$21,593 - $87,329  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 345

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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.


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $39K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $42K. Personal Chefs see a median salary of $46K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $43K.

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
1%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 29% dental benefits Dental: 18%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 70%