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.

$28,701 - $119,633
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$61K
$120K
MEDIAN: $61,306
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$16.34 - $49.49
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$28,701 - $119,633  
   
Bonus
$202.03 - $10,244  
Total Pay (?
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$30,666 - $119,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$16.34 - $49.49  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $8.22  
Overtime
$0.07 - $64.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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).
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$30,666 - $119,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 80

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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.


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.

Private Chef Advice

Q: 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.

Key Stats for Private Chef

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Private Chef Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Late-Career
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National Average
$57,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 36%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
vision benefits
Vision: 10%
dental benefits
None: 62%
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