Private Chef Salary
Private Chefs in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just below two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $61K per year, but may range from $31K to $120K per year. Geographic location and years of experience 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 51 percent. Job satisfaction for Private Chefs is high. More than a third enjoy medical while nearly one in seven get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one in ten. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$28,701 - $119,633|
|Bonus||$202.03 - $10,244|
|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).)
|$30,666 - $119,799|
|Hourly Rate||$16.34 - $49.49|
|Hourly Tips||$0.00 - $8.22|
|Overtime||$0.07 - $64.56|
|Bonus||$202.03 - $10,244|
|Total Pay (||$30,666 - $119,799|
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.Read More...
It is popular nowadays for private chefs to come to a household every other week, twice a month, etc. In this situation, they would cook a large number of meals, and then the employers would reheat the food at their convenience. Private chefs who do not work full-time usually work freelance or work as subcontractors.
They must be familiar with all kinds of food ingredients. They must be familiar with certain types of food that are requested by employers. Personal chefs must be flexible and follow their employer wishes. Some employers may be vegetarian or vegan; they may also prefer organic food only. Personal chefs may report to the homeowners or to their employer's household chief of staff, depending on the type of households that they are working for. Private chefs must be able to work in a team environment. They may work with butlers, maid, drivers, or gardeners.
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.
Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $43K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $64K. Private Chefs bring in $62K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $61K.
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