Sous Chef Salary

A Sous Chef earns an average salary of $40,892 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.

$30,474 - $54,301
$30K
$42K
$54K
MEDIAN: $41,602
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50%
90%

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$11.41 - $18.61
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$15
$19
MEDIAN: $14.66
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$0$54K
Salary $30,474 - $54,301
Bonus $477.85 - $6,589
Profit Sharing $0.86 - $4,018
Commission $0.00
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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$27,181 - $52,241
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,558
Hourly Data $0$28
Hourly Rate $11.41 - $18.61
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $1.89
Overtime $16.66 - $28.00
Annual Data $0$52K
Bonus $477.85 - $6,589
Commission $0.00
Profit Sharing $0.86 - $4,018
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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$27,181 - $52,241
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 966

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Sous Chef

Pay by Experience for a Sous Chef has a positive trend. An entry-level Sous Chef with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 788 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Sous Chef with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 1,052 salaries. An experienced Sous Chef which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 1,003 salaries. A Sous Chef with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 373 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,662

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Sous Chef Reviews

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

Sous Chef in New York:
"Good."
Pros: Managed people.
Cons: The team not respected.

Sous Chef in Portland:
"Living the Dream."
Pros: I love the ability to creat food that makes clients happy and provide flavors that makes them come back for more and more. I love doing what I was born to do cook with love and passion.
Cons: It can be difficult to work with unhappy employees who have been in the field too long and are in need if a change in career, but are afraid to make the change. Time constraints can be a challenge, food errors can be quite costly and unhappy clients can become a nightmare.

Sous Chef in Durham:
"Being a sous chef is a very interesting experience for me."
Pros: The chance to broaden my view.
Cons: Stress levels.

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 Minneapolis:
"Good."
Pros: Interacting with customers and creating food.
Cons: Early hours and not seeing friends.

Sous Chef in Berkeley:
Pros: The rush. The thrill. Meeting customers old and new.
Cons: The politics. The service, flexibility, and meaningless observations.

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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 426 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Sous Chef Salaries

▲3%

▲2%

▼0%

National Average
$39,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Sous Chef Salaries

Budget Management
▲24%


Chef (Opscode)
▲3%





▼0%

National Average
$39,000

Menu Planning
▼1%

Leadership
▼2%


Scheduling
▼9%

chef
▼9%

sous chef
▼12%

cooking
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 426 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
no benefits
None: 42%
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