AU$54,295
Avg. Salary
AU$23.51
Avg. Hourly Rate
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The average pay for a Head Chef/Cook is AU$23.51 per hour.

The average pay for a Head Chef/Cook is AU$54,295 per year.

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AU$19.33
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AU$23.51
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AU$28.95
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MEDIAN AU$23.51
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AU$65k
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MEDIAN AU$54,295
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MEDIAN: AU$54,295
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MEDIAN: AU$23.51
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Salary AU$44,303 - AU$65,219
Bonus AU$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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AU$40,740 - AU$62,856
  • Country: Australia
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 17 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 155
Hourly Data AU$0AU$36
Hourly Rate AU$19.33 - AU$28.95
Hourly Tips AU$0.00 - AU$0.82
Overtime AU$3.02 - AU$36.75
Annual Data AU$0AU$62K
Bonus AU$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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AU$40,740 - AU$62,856
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 17 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 300

Job Description for Head Chef/Cook

Head chefs/cooks are responsible for overseeing the quality of food as it leaves the kitchen. They must ensure that their kitchens meet the health standards set in place by governmental agencies. Additionally, they are responsible for making sure that other kitchen personnel follow food safety guidelines and meet hygiene standards. Head chefs/cooks must understand how kitchen equipment functions and ensure that it is operable and in safe working condition. Additionally, a head chef/cook often supervises the rest of the kitchen staff. Head chefs/cooks are typically responsible for ordering, inventorying, and keeping detailed records of food items and their costs. They must have experience creating menus that assist owners in attracting and maintaining clientele. They also may be responsible for setting menu prices.

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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.

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Popular Skills for Head Chef/Cook

Pay by Experience Level for Head Chef/Cook

Pay by Experience for a Head Chef/Cook has a positive trend. An entry-level Head Chef/Cook with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$48,000 based on 167 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Head Chef/Cook with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$50,000 based on 174 salaries. An experienced Head Chef/Cook which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$50,000 based on 156 salaries. A Head Chef/Cook with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$51,000 based on 81 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: AU$51,065

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Head Chef/Cook Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Head Chef/Cook?

Head Chef/Cook in Gisborne:
Pros: Being close to home
Cons: Small town

Head Chef/Cook in Adelaide:
"Beautiful scenery down South."
Pros: Not so 'fast paced' as other cities.
Cons: Unpredictable weather.

Head Chef/Cook in Adelaide:
"A must do."
Comfortable shoes an time management are essential tools when preparing an cookin for 25people 3times aday, organization is key.

Head Chef/Cook in Launceston:
"Decent wage."
Be careful with what you agree on before signing a contract.

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Key Stats for Head Chef/Cook

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
18%

Experience Affects Head Chef/Cook Salaries

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National Average
AU$51,000

▼1%

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▼6%

Skills That Affect Head Chef/Cook Salaries

National Average
AU$51,000



▼13%

▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 4%
dental benefits
Dental: 1%
vision benefits
Vision: 1%
no benefits
None: 96%