The average hourly pay for a Head Chef/Cook in Melbourne, Victoria is AU$23.15.
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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 su…Read more
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
Avg. Hourly Rate
Skills in Food Safety and Menu Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Order Inventory and 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$20.48 based on 25 salaries. A mid-career Head Chef/Cook with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$23.27 based on 29 salaries. An experienced Head Chef/Cook with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$25.37 based on 18 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of AU$28.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Head Chef/Cook in their job title in Sydney, New South Wales earn an average of 4.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Perth, Western Australia (3.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) (16.8% less), Gold Coast, Queensland (3.4% less) and Brisbane, Queensland (3.4% less).
Years of Experience
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