Private Chef Salary

Private Chefs in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent close to three-fifths of Private Chefs. Salaries average out to around $62K per year and spread from $30K to $117K per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. More than a third enjoy medical while slightly less than one-fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one in eight. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,437 - $117,685
(Median)
$25K
$62K
$120K
MEDIAN: $62,190
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$14.79 - $46.64
(Median)
$15
$25
$47
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$25,437 - $117,685  
   
Bonus
$102.13 - $9,933  
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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$30,412 - $116,933  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $46.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.05  
Overtime
$24.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$102.13 - $9,933  
   
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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$30,412 - $116,933  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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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

  • 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $46K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $61K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $62K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $64K.

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 12%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$58,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 36%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
medical benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 63%
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