A Sous Chef earns an average salary of $40,738 per year. A skill in Budget Management is associated with high pay for this job. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases modestly, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.

$30,213 - $53,457
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$41K
$53K
MEDIAN: $40,738
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$11.08 - $18.40
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MEDIAN: $14.42
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,213 - $53,457  
   
Bonus
$482.45 - $6,061  
Profit Sharing
$49.66 - $4,122  
Commission
$1,000  
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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$26,848 - $51,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,687
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.08 - $18.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.15  
Overtime
$16.11 - $27.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$482.45 - $6,061  
   
Commission
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$49.66 - $4,122  
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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$26,848 - $51,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 972

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Job Description for Sous Chef

The position of Sous Chef requires prime management skills and the ability to control the kitchen before, during, and after every service. The Sous Chef is in charge of a majority of the kitchen staff and must be able to manage the kitchen operations on a day-to-day basis. This person is in charge of disciplining staff and, in some cases, terminating them. The Sous Chef also deals with quality control issues and has a major say in creating new menu items and updating older ones.

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Sous Chef Tasks

  • Assist management of food preparation, planning, and production.
  • Substitute for the executive chef or line cooks when off-duty or during staff shortages.
  • Supervise kitchen staff.

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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,004

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Sous Chef Reviews

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

Sous Chef in Dublin:
"Great and fun."
Pros: That there is always something to learn everyday and so many ways to do in a different way. Talking to people and making different dishes for people to try to eat everyday.
Cons: I have no cons at this moment. Being away from my family can be stressful at time's.

Sous Chef in Indianapolis:
"I am actually a cook although I have worked as a Sous Chef."
Pros: The opportunity to communicate with customers from time to time.
Cons: Poor scheduling.

Sous Chef in Columbus:
Pros: I have freedom to explore and experiment with food. Managing other people. Being involved in major decisions.
Cons: I get second guessed and am kept out of the loop on things that I think are important sometimes. Don't always feel like a leader when being overruled.

Sous Chef in Trenton:
"Awesome!"
Pros: I love making food. I take a lot of pride in what I do and I am continuously trying to learn something new everyday.
Cons: Sometime it can be stressful when there is a lot of work to be done in a little time.

Sous Chef in Santa Monica:
"Pastry Sous Chef."
Pros: - Teaching our team. - Working with fresh seasonal ingredients and creating new recipes. - Seeing impact of managing inventory and production efficiently. - Working to develop a new and growing company.
Cons: - The hours can be challenging (10 hours / day without a break is normal, 12+ is normal at least 2 to 4 times a month) - In the food industry if you are short staffed it hits you hard, hiring is challenging as your often working "on the floor" while trying to hire and train replacements (or if someone is out sick you have their shift on top of your own existing duties)

Sous Chef in Brooklyn:
"I Feel Underpaid For The Level Of Responsibility I Have."
Pros: Working in a kitchen with a great group of employees.
Cons: Highly understaffed and over worked. We don't meet our deadlines because of unachievable, unreasonable goals.

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Key Stats for Sous Chef

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 363 votes.
033
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Sous Chef Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Sous Chef Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 26%


Chef (Opscode)
up arrow 3%






Menu Planning
0%

Leadership
0%

National Average
$38,000


chef
up arrow 7%

Scheduling
up arrow 9%

sous chef
up arrow 10%

cooking
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 363 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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