Private Chef Salary

Private Chefs in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with about three in five bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $72K annually on average but can range from $30K to $125K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Private Chefs report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to about one in three, and between a fifth and a fourth earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$25,838 - $121,462
(Median)
$26K
$72K
$120K
MEDIAN: $71,635
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$14.39 - $46.76
(Median)
$14
$25
$47
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$25,838 - $121,462  
   
Bonus
$97.44 - $10,045  
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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$30,233 - $125,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.39 - $46.76  
   
Overtime
$23.23 - $47.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$97.44 - $10,045  
   
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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$30,233 - $125,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45
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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 for the relatively untried average out to around $50K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $61K. Private Chefs claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $70K. Private Chefs who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $73K.

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 19%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

National Average
$62,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 34% dental benefits Dental: 23%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 62%
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