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Sous Chef Salary

The average pay for a Sous Chef is $39,085 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
$29,390 - $50,946
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MEDIAN: $39,084
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$10.03 - $17.66
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,390 - $50,946  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,535  
Profit Sharing
$292.33 - $2,970  
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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$24,982 - $49,931  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,256
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $17.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.49  
Overtime
$11.24 - $25.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,535  
   
Profit Sharing
$292.33 - $2,970  
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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$24,982 - $49,931  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,115
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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

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

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Pay Difference by Location

Sous Chef Reviews

What is it like working as a Sous Chef?
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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Experience Affects Sous Chef Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Sous Chef Salaries

Budget Management
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Order Inventory
up arrow 4%

Inventory Management
up arrow 4%

Training
up arrow 3%

Inventory Control
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Food Preparation
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National Average
$36,000

sous chef
up arrow 1%

Menu Planning
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 513 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 40%