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Private Chef Salary (United States)

Private Chefs in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just under two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $64K per year on average but can range from $34K to $120K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Private Chefs, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Private Chefs (50 percent) survey respondents. Male Private Chefs are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. Approximately two in five enjoy medical while slightly less than a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around a sixth. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Private Chef Salary (?
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$34,797 - $123,864
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MEDIAN: $63,542
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Private Chef Salary (?
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$12.77 - $42.88
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$34,797 - $123,864  
   
Bonus
$50.00 - $6,750  
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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$34,208 - $120,202  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.77 - $42.88  
   
Overtime
$18.57 - $54.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$50.00 - $6,750  
   
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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$34,208 - $120,202  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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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.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Private Chefs — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $52K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $55K. For Private Chefs, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $61K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Private Chef with more than 20 years of experience can earn $73K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$62,000
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Private Chefs, New York provides a pay rate that is 62 percent greater than the national average. Private Chefs will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+42 percent).

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
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National Average
$62,000
Experienced
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Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
50%
female alumni
 
Male
50%
male alumni

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: 39% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 59%