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Entry-Level Sous Chef Salary (United States)

The average pay for an Entry-Level Sous Chef is $35,719 per year.
Entry-Level Sous Chef Salary (?
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$27,416 - $45,888
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $35,719
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Entry-Level Sous Chef Salary (?
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$9.25 - $15.90
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$27,416 - $45,888  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,438  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $2,035  
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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$21,929 - $44,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 710
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.25 - $15.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.81  
Overtime
$8.90 - $23.49  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,438  
   
Profit Sharing
$983 - $2,035  
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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$21,929 - $44,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 470
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Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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Baltimore
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Boston
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Miami
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Los Angeles
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Seattle
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Austin
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National Average
$33,000
Indianapolis
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Richmond
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Houston
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Sous Chef Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Sous Chef in San Francisco:
"Be Passionate, Love What You Do And Anything Is Possible."
Stay focused, don't sweat the small stuff, take notes, everything is a learning process regardless good or bad, and know your business. And your business is the kitchen, everything in that kitchen is your business every employee, every product in the refrigerator, every uniform is your business. You need to own that business and I'm not saying monetarily, I'm saying in your heart. You need to own everything that happens in that building and and you'll be a better sous chef and right hand to YOUR chef. Remember there are no great chefs without great sous chefs and there are no great sous chefs without great cooks and prep cooks and dishwashers. We sweat and the team we bleed as a team we eat as a team we fail as a team about you but I don't like to fail. Also remember loyalty, dedication and respect to your staff, the product and most importantly YOUR chef!
Sous Chef in Seattle:
"Not just cooking."
Being a sous chef takes many skills, being a great cook is near the bottom of the list! Being organized and able to multi task and manage is the first few skills. It's hard work, and you don't get to cook very much.
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Sous Chef Salaries

Inventory Control
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People Management
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Order Inventory
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Training
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Food Preparation
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National Average
$33,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 166 votes.

Gender

Female
25%
female alumni
 
Male
75%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 49%