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Private Chef Salary

Private Chefs in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent nearly three in five of Private Chefs. Salaries average out to around $72K annually and spread from $34K to $126K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to over a third, and about one in four earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.

$34,797 - $123,864
(Median)
$35K
$72K
$120K
MEDIAN: $71,627
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50%
90%

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$13.40 - $45.62
(Median)
$13
$25
$46
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$34,797 - $123,864  
   
Bonus
$97.87 - $10,271  
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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$34,066 - $125,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.40 - $45.62  
   
Overtime
$23.23 - $47.50  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$97.87 - $10,271  
   
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).
)
$34,066 - $125,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43

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Job Description for Private Chef

  • Shop for ingredients and supplies.
  • Prepare, serve and clean up after meals.
  • Plan weekly menus.
  • Travel with clients to different residences and destinations.

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Pay by Experience Level for Private Chef

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


Private Chefs with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $52K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $60K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $65K in this role. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Private Chefs with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $72K.

Private Chef Advice

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

Private Chef in Richmond:
"Proceed With Caution."
The family you work for can suck you into there private lives blurring the lines of professionalism. It's easy to get consumed in the identity of your employer and forget your own. The job can be very demanding, with long periods of time with days off. It can be very stressful as demands are random. There are great perks. You become family.

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Experience Affects Private Chef Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$61,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 36% dental benefits Dental: 25%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 62%
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