With just below two-thirds of Private Chefs in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Private Chefs is $59K per year and can range from $30K on the lower end to $111K per year near the higher end. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. More than a third enjoy medical while nearly one-eighth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly a tenth. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$24,851 - $111,754
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$25K
$59K
$110K
MEDIAN: $58,964
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$15.89 - $49.66
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$16
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$50
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$24,851 - $111,754  
   
Bonus
$200.00 - $10,174  
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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$29,947 - $110,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 100
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.89 - $49.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.16  
Overtime
$23.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$200.00 - $10,174  
   
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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$29,947 - $110,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $42K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $64K. Private Chefs bring in $62K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $58K on average.

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

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 36%
dental benefits
Dental: 13%
medical benefits
Vision: 10%
dental benefits
None: 63%
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