Mid-Career Sous Chefs can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $40K per year. Geography and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Mid-Career Sous Chefs. The vast majority of Mid-Career Sous Chefs (81 percent) survey respondents are men. More than two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and nearly two in five claim dental coverage as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,782 - $54,089
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$54K
MEDIAN: $40,397
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$11.46 - $18.95
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,782 - $54,089  
   
Bonus
$490.28 - $5,199  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$27,207 - $52,522  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 727
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.46 - $18.95  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.52  
Overtime
$16.85 - $27.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$490.28 - $5,199  
   
Commission
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$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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$27,207 - $52,522  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 367
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Although salaries only range from $31K to just $48K, Compass Group still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $44K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,295

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With a pay rate for Mid-Career Sous Chefs that is 30 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Mid-Career Sous Chefs will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+26 percent), Boston (+19 percent), San Diego (+18 percent), and Atlanta (+17 percent). Minneapolis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Workers in Denver and Charleston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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Skills That Affect Sous Chef Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 146 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
medical benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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