Private Chef Salary

Private Chefs in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with about three in five bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $62K per year on average but can range from $30K to $117K per year. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly less than a fifth collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. For the most part, Private Chefs enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction.

$25,437 - $117,685
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$25K
$62K
$120K
MEDIAN: $62,190
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$14.79 - $46.64
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$15
$25
$47
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$25,437 - $117,685  
   
Bonus
$102.13 - $9,933  
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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$30,412 - $116,933  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $46.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.05  
Overtime
$24.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$102.13 - $9,933  
   
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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$30,412 - $116,933  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Private Chefs — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $46K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $61K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $62K in this role. 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 $64K on average.

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 12%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$58,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 36%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
medical benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 63%
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