Senior Sous Chef Salary
Senior Sous Chefs in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $54K annually. Though the majority of Senior Sous Chefs do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. While some workers in this profession — over a third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Job Description for Senior Sous Chef
In restaurant kitchens, it is typically an executive chef who conceptualizes a menu, designs dishes, chooses ingredients, and takes overall responsibility for the process. Sous chefs are often employed to assist these executive chefs in their operations, and a senior sous chef often has the highest responsibility of all chefs. This person basically serves as the executive chef's right-hand and takes hands-on responsibility for implementing the chef's vision by supervising line cooks and performing quality control. Senior sous chefs also help head chefs with inventory management and creating and modifying dishes.Read More...
Some executive chefs prefer to work daily shifts on the line in their kitchens; in these situations, senior sous chefs simply assist the head chef as a second set of his/her eyes. They generally direct other sous chefs and help ensure that all food is prepared in a timely manner; they may also take over main-line responsibilities when the executive cannot be in the building.
As the main assistant to executives, senior sous chefs help to round out the restaurant's menu, typically by suggesting recipe modifications and suggesting new dishes which complement the existing menu. Most executive chefs prefer to "develop" senior sous chefs so they can eventually move up to executive-level positions, so this job may be considered a final step in management-preparation. Senior sous chefs assist in ordering duties, ingredient checks, and cost management, as well.
Applicants for this position should have a degree from an accredited culinary school or similar institution. Most senior sous chefs begin as line cooks out of school and work their way into supervisory or kitchen-management positions, and most employers for this position prefer those with extensive, hands-on practical experience. Senior sous chefs should expect to work fifty hours or more each week in a high-activity environment.
Senior Sous Chef Tasks
- Supervise and evaluate kitchen staff, managing daily operations and kitchen line.
- Complete prep work, following and/or developing recipes and daily specials.
- Purchase and receive shipments of food and ingredients, maintaining invoices and budget.
- Ensure kitchen compliance with food handling and sanitation regulations.
Pay by Experience Level for Senior Sous Chef
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $40K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $44K. Senior Sous Chefs with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $55K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Senior Sous Chefs report making only $46K on average.
Key Stats for Senior Sous Chef
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