Sous Chef Salary

The average pay for a Sous Chef is $39,724 per year. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

$29,841 - $52,141
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$52K
MEDIAN: $39,723
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$10.41 - $18.20
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,841 - $52,141  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,645  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $3,973  
Commission
$1,500  
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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$26,033 - $51,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,505
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.41 - $18.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.45  
Overtime
$13.94 - $27.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,645  
   
Commission
$1,500  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $3,973  
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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$26,033 - $51,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,244
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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

National Average: $37,113

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Sous Chef Reviews

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 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)

What is it like working as a Sous Chef at Centerplate, Inc.?

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.

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Experience Affects Sous Chef Salaries




National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Sous Chef Salaries

Budget Management
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People Management
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Order Inventory
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Menu Planning
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Inventory Management
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Inventory Control
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Leadership
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Training
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National Average
$37,000

Food Preparation
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Scheduling
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 543 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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