Private Chef Salary

Private Chefs in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and approximately three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $69K per year, but may range from $31K to $124K per year. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to more than a third, and just under one in four earn dental coverage. Most Private Chefs like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,223 - $120,413

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$14.45 - $46.54

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$26,223 - $120,413  
   
Bonus
$98.26 - $10,000  
Total Pay (?
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$30,563 - $124,087  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 82
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.45 - $46.54  
   
Overtime
$23.23 - $47.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$98.26 - $10,000  
   
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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$30,563 - $124,087  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $50K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $61K. For Private Chefs, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $69K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $71K.

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 16%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$61,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 35% dental benefits Dental: 22%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 62%
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