Median pay for Personal Chefs in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $20.68 per hour. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to somewhere between a fifth and a fourth, and around a seventh earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Personal Chefs. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,108 - $77,880
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MEDIAN: $44,356
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$13.09 - $46.20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$25,108 - $77,880  
   
Bonus
$96.35 - $9,967  
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
Total Pay (?
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$27,981 - $93,242  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.09 - $46.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $6.70  
Overtime
$9.86 - $45.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$96.35 - $9,967  
   
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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$27,981 - $93,242  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 323
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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Personal Chefs — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $42K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $45K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. Personal Chefs with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $51K.

Personal Chef Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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!

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

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 36 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 22%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 75%
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