Personal Chef Salary

Median pay for Personal Chefs in the United States is around $20.25 per hour. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Personal Chefs claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. Just under one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a little less than a fifth collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$22,288 - $79,164
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$22K
$40K
$79K
MEDIAN: $40,109
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$10.29 - $45.07
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$22,288 - $79,164  
   
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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$22,152 - $85,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 211
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.29 - $45.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $9.64  
Overtime
$6.79 - $44.27  
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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$22,152 - $85,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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.


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $40K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $41K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Personal Chefs make a median salary of $46K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $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
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Late-Career
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National Average
$42,000

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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
32%
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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