Private Chef Salary

Private Chefs in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just below two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $59K annually on average but can range from $30K to $115K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Over a third enjoy medical while nearly one in six get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one in eight. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Private Chefs making up 51 percent of survey respondents. Job satisfaction for Private Chefs is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,838 - $119,310
$26K
$59K
$120K
MEDIAN: $59,313
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$16.16 - $50.13
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$50
MEDIAN: $24.76
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$25,838 - $119,310  
   
Bonus
$200.00 - $10,113  
Total Pay (?
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$29,994 - $115,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 96
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$16.16 - $50.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $8.22  
Overtime
$0.07 - $64.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$200.00 - $10,113  
   
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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$29,994 - $115,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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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

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $43K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $62K. On average, Private Chefs make $62K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $61K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,966

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

For Private Chefs, New York provides a pay rate that is 73 percent greater than the national average. Private Chefs will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+28 percent) and Los Angeles (+13 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
49 %
Male
51 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
28%
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Experience Affects Private Chef Salaries

Mid-Career
▲9%

▲8%

▲8%

National Average
$57,000

Entry-Level
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 36%
dental benefits
Dental: 16%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 62%
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