Private Chef Salary

Private Chefs in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent nearly three in five of Private Chefs. Salaries average out to around $71K annually and spread from $30K to $125K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Nearly one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly more than a fifth collect dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Private Chefs (59 percent) survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Private Chefs, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$25,942 - $121,209
(Median)
$26K
$71K
$120K
MEDIAN: $71,052
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$14.45 - $46.54
(Median)
$14
$25
$47
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$25,942 - $121,209  
   
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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$30,372 - $124,649  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.45 - $46.54  
   
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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$30,372 - $124,649  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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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.


For Private Chefs, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $50K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $61K. Private Chefs bring in $69K after working for 10 to 20 years. Private Chefs with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $72K.

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 12%

National Average
$61,000

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
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 34% dental benefits Dental: 23%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 63%
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