Average Head Chef Salary

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The average salary for a Head Chef is AU$63,187.
MEDIAN AU$63,187
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AU$51k - AU$81k
AU$490 - AU$10k
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AU$2k - AU$7k
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AU$48k - AU$79k

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Job Description for Head Chef

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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Head Chef

The top respondents for the job title Head Chef are from the companies ALH, Compass Group and Spotless. Reported salaries are highest at Spotless where the average pay is AU$80,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Compass Group, earning around AU$66,289. ALH pays the lowest at around AU$62,825. Bupa Australia also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying AU$64,500.

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Popular Skills for Head Chef

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

Pay by Experience Level for Head Chef

An entry-level Head Chef with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of AU$55,510 based on 66 salaries. An early career Head Chef with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$58,220 based on 369 salaries. A mid-career Head Chef with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$61,157 based on 710 salaries. An experienced Head Chef with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$64,701 based on 981 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of AU$66,943.
Employees with Head Chef in their job title in Sydney, New South Wales earn an average of 9.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Melbourne, Victoria (2.4% more) and Perth, Western Australia (1.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Brisbane, Queensland (4.6% less), Gold Coast, Queensland (3.6% less) and Adelaide, South Australia (1.2% less).

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