Private Chef Salary

The majority of Private Chefs in the United States — slightly less than two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $30K to $107K per year, and the median is $61K per year. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Private Chefs enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to more than a third, and nearly one in six earn dental coverage. Male Private Chefs are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 52 percent of the field.

$28,867 - $117,137
$29K
$61K
$120K
MEDIAN: $60,980
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$15.18 - $49.43
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MEDIAN: $24.73
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$28,867 - $117,137  
   
Bonus
$201.34 - $10,040  
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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$30,361 - $107,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 111
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.18 - $49.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $8.16  
Overtime
$0.07 - $64.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$201.34 - $10,040  
   
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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$30,361 - $107,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 84

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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

Pay by Experience for a Private Chef has a positive trend. An entry-level Private Chef with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 45 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Private Chef with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 62 salaries. An experienced Private Chef which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 77 salaries. A Private Chef with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 48 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,406

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Private Chefs, 69 percent higher than the national average. Private Chefs will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+25 percent) and Los Angeles (+10 percent).

Private Chef Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Private Chef?

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
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Private Chef Salaries

▲6%

Mid-Career
▲6%

▲5%

National Average
$58,000

Entry-Level
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 36%
dental benefits
Dental: 16%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
no benefits
None: 62%
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