AU$61,879
Avg. Salary
AU$25.12
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

AU$3,084

Profit Sharing

AU$5,500

The average pay for a Head Chef is AU$25.12 per hour.

The average pay for a Head Chef is AU$61,879 per year.

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$31
90%
MEDIAN $25
$50k
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$62k
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$81k
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MEDIAN $61,879
AU$50,219 - AU$80,664
AU$50K
AU$62K
AU$81K
MEDIAN: AU$61,879
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AU$20.22 - AU$30.94
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AU$25
AU$31
MEDIAN: AU$25.12
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90%
AU$0AU$80K
Salary AU$50,219 - AU$80,664
Bonus AU$496 - AU$9,802
Profit Sharing AU$5,500
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$46,660 - AU$78,275
  • Country: Australia
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,548
Hourly Data AU$0AU$43
Hourly Rate AU$20.22 - AU$30.94
Hourly Tips AU$0.00 - AU$2.17
Overtime AU$8.70 - AU$43.59
Annual Data AU$0AU$78K
Bonus AU$496 - AU$9,802
Profit Sharing AU$5,500
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$46,660 - AU$78,275
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 603

Job Description for Head Chef

Head chefs work in restaurants, cafeterias, catering companies, bakeries, and many other other places which serve food. These chefs are generally expected to specialize in the particular cuisines served by their employers in order to prepare and cook food, often with the help of other chefs, and present it in an attractive manner. In some positions, head chefs may also be responsible for creating and modifying the menu or setting prices for selections.

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Head Chef 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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Common Career Paths for Head Chef


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Pay by Experience Level for Head Chef

Pay by Experience for a Head Chef has a positive trend. An entry-level Head Chef with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$55,000 based on 438 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Head Chef with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$57,000 based on 745 salaries. An experienced Head Chef which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$60,000 based on 1,143 salaries. A Head Chef with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$61,000 based on 506 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: AU$59,917

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

Head Chef Advice

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

Head Chef in Margaret River:
"Micro Management."
Be prepared to have your ideas rewritten by the Owner of the business who is not a chef. Be prepared for crazy hours over and above.

Head Chef in Gold Coast:
"Treat you staff well."
Always remember that the customer does not always come first, your staff come do. Yu look after you staff and they will look after the customers.

Head Chef in Melbourne:
"Your health is your greatest wealth."
Build a data base of all your menus and recipes.

Head Chef in Melbourne:
"Hard work."
Has to be a leader, level headed.

Head Chef in Broken Hill:
"The pressure."
Have checklists and position descriptions for each kitchen position.

Head Chef in Melbourne:
"Needs lot of planning and exprience."
Plannning, experience, people's skills.

Head Chef in Melbourne:
"Fun."
Pros: People who I work with, career, money, food dishes made by me, creating a menu, costing the menu, choosing who I work with mostly, working along all day by myself, telling myself what to do,
Cons: When things go wrong, like wasting 1 hour on a dish you prepared that didn't turn out like you expected because of one minor thing you forgot to do, customers saying the food was to salty, customers missing their meals by myself and waiters no tutting the order through properly and the having to wait even longer while everyone on their table got their food but them.. That also holds up other people who placed a order soon after them and have to wait longer because the waiter forgot to put that through or did it wrongly.

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Key Stats for Head Chef

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
23%

Experience Affects Head Chef Salaries

▲3%

▼0%

National Average
AU$60,000

▼4%

▼8%

Skills That Affect Head Chef Salaries





National Average
AU$60,000


Menu Planning
▼2%



▼11%

▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 5%
dental benefits
Dental: %
vision benefits
Vision: 1%
no benefits
None: 95%