Private Chef Salary

Private Chefs who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up nearly three in five of Private Chefs. Pay fluctuates from $34K to $126K per year, but expected earnings average $72K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Over a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in four collect dental insurance. Women Private Chefs who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction for Private Chefs is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$34,843 - $123,503
(Median)
$35K
$72K
$120K
MEDIAN: $72,122
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90%

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$13.18 - $45.84
(Median)
$13
$25
$46
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$34,843 - $123,503  
   
Bonus
$97.44 - $10,256  
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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$34,015 - $125,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.18 - $45.84  
   
Overtime
$23.23 - $47.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$97.44 - $10,256  
   
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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$34,015 - $125,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 41

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Job Description for Private Chef

  • 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.


Private Chefs with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $53K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $60K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Private Chefs make a median salary of $69K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $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 17%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$62,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 37% dental benefits Dental: 26%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 60%