Personal Chefs in the United States take home an average $20.63 per hour. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Personal Chefs, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Just over one in five enjoy medical while roughly a seventh get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around one in eight. Women Personal Chefs who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$24,667 - $78,337
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$45K
$78K
MEDIAN: $44,914
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$12.53 - $46.81
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$24,667 - $78,337  
   
Bonus
$100.00 - $10,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
Total Pay (?
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$26,114 - $94,732  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 140
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.53 - $46.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.30  
Overtime
$9.86 - $45.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$100.00 - $10,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
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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$26,114 - $94,732  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 315

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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

  • Plan menu based on clients' specific requirements.
  • Clean kitchen when cooking is complete.
  • Prepare meals using safe techniques.
  • Shop for food supplies.

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Pay by Experience Level for Personal Chef

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Personal Chefs, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $42K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $45K. Personal Chefs claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $51K. Personal Chefs with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Personal Chef Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Personal Chef?

Personal Chef in Denver:
Have good planning skills, note their preferences and likes/dislikes and enjoy the love of cooking. Be happy ... And positive! Be resourceful, and really enjoy what you do or "get out of the kitchen'. :)

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!

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.

Key Stats for Personal Chef

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.
033
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Personal Chef Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 23%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 75%
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