Average Late-Career Head Chef/Cook Hourly Pay in Australia

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The average hourly pay for a Late-Career Head Chef/Cook in Australia is AU$24.81.
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Hourly Rate
AU$20 - AU$35
Total Pay
AU$43,150 - AU$72,102

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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.

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Popular Skills for Head Chef/Cook

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

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 125 salaries. A mid-career Head Chef/Cook with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$24.06 based on 136 salaries. An experienced Head Chef/Cook with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$24.42 based on 122 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

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Employees with Head Chef/Cook in their job title in Melbourne, Victoria earn an average of 12.9% more than the national average. The lowest salaries can be found in Adelaide, South Australia (2.8% less) and Brisbane, Queensland (1.0% less).

Years of Experience

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