The average wage for a Head Chef/Cook in Melbourne, Victoria is AU$22.32 per hour. This job's wage does not change very much with experience.

AU$46,172 - AU$61,277
AU$46K
AU$53K
AU$61K
MEDIAN: AU$53,166
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50%
90%
AU$17.80 - AU$29.42
AU$18
AU$22
AU$29
MEDIAN: AU$22.44
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50%
90%
AU$0AU$61K
Salary AU$46,172 - AU$61,277
Bonus AU$3,500
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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AU$38,390 - AU$60,896
  • Country: Australia
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 18 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 28
Hourly Data AU$0AU$29
Hourly Rate AU$17.80 - AU$29.42
Hourly Tips AU$0.00
Annual Data AU$0AU$60K
Bonus AU$3,500
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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AU$38,390 - AU$60,896
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 18 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 45

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.

Head Chef/Cook Job Listings

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 23 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$49,000 based on 29 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$51,000 based on 25 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$52,000 based on 14 salaries.

Key Stats for Head Chef/Cook

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
19%

Experience Affects Head Chef/Cook Salaries

▲4%

▲2%

National Average
AU$50,000

▼1%

▼4%

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical:
dental benefits
Dental:
vision benefits
Vision:
no benefits
None: 100%