Private Chef Salary

Private Chefs in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just under two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $33K to $109K per year, median earnings come to $61K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Men make up a slight majority of Private Chefs (57 percent) who responded to the survey. For the most part, Private Chefs enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. About two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one-fifth collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$31,982 - $117,319
$32K
$61K
$120K
MEDIAN: $60,749
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$15.66 - $49.60
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MEDIAN: $24.62
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$0$117K
Salary $31,982 - $117,319
Bonus $199.33 - $10,125
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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$32,621 - $108,603
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 108
Hourly Data $0$49
Hourly Rate $15.66 - $49.60
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $6.81
Overtime $32.00
Annual Data $0$108K
Bonus $199.33 - $10,125
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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$32,621 - $108,603
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 85

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Job Description for Private Chef

Private chefs are also known as personal chefs. They can work in households, on yachts, or in corporate offices. They prepare meals in accordance with their employer's needs. They must have past work experience as a chef or a cook. Some employers may prefer private chefs that graduated from a culinary academy. Some chefs may be required to work for a family as a live-in employee, or they may be able to leave at the end of their shifts.

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Private Chef Tasks

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Private Chef

Pay by Experience for a Private Chef has a positive trend. An entry-level Private Chef with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 45 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Private Chef with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 62 salaries. An experienced Private Chef which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 77 salaries. A Private Chef with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 48 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,243

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Private Chefs, New York provides a pay rate that is 69 percent greater than the national average. Private Chefs will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+25 percent) and Los Angeles (+10 percent).

Private Chef Advice

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

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.

Key Stats for Private Chef

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Private Chef Salaries

Mid-Career
▲7%

▲6%

▲5%

National Average
$58,000

Entry-Level
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
vision benefits
Vision: 15%
no benefits
None: 60%
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