Average Head Chef/Cook Hourly Pay in Australia

AU$23.59
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AU$1,000
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The average hourly pay for a Head Chef/Cook in Australia is AU$23.59.
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AU$19.31
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AU$23.59
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AU$29.35
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MEDIAN AU$23.59
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Hourly Rate
AU$19 - AU$29
Bonus
AU$102 - AU$2,017
Total Pay
AU$41,028 - AU$62,951

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Job Description for Head Chef/Cook

Head Chef/Cook Tasks
  • Manage kitchen operation including food purchases and preparation, record keeping, quality standards, and sanitation.
  • Train employees in cooking methods, plate presentations, portions, and cost control.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Head Chef/Cook. Thickness and color of lines indicates how common a path is.
Head Chef/Cook
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Head Chef/Cook

Skills in Menu Planning, Food Safety, Order Inventory and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Food Preparation.

Pay by Experience Level for Head Chef/Cook

An early career Head Chef/Cook with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of AU$22.10 based on 165 salaries. A mid-career Head Chef/Cook with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$24.06 based on 174 salaries. An experienced Head Chef/Cook with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$24.42 based on 138 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of AU$25.
Employees with Head Chef/Cook in their job title in Sydney, New South Wales earn an average of 2.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Perth, Western Australia (1.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) (18.4% less), Gold Coast, Queensland (5.2% less) and Brisbane, Queensland (5.2% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 546 survey responses.
Early Career
30.2%
Mid Career
31.9%
Experienced
25.3%
Late Career
12.6%

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