A Head Chef earns an average salary of AU$60,761 per year. Pay for this job does not change much between less experienced and more experienced workers.

AU$49,174 - AU$79,639
AU$49K
AU$61K
AU$80K
MEDIAN: AU$60,880
10%
50%
90%
AU$19.88 - AU$30.61
AU$20
AU$25
AU$31
MEDIAN: AU$24.68
10%
50%
90%
AU$0AU$79K
Salary AU$49,174 - AU$79,639
Bonus AU$0.00 - AU$9,883
Profit Sharing AU$5,087
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$45,288 - AU$77,635
  • Country: Australia
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 20 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,574
Hourly Data AU$0AU$43
Hourly Rate AU$19.88 - AU$30.61
Hourly Tips AU$0.00 - AU$2.15
Overtime AU$1.46 - AU$43.79
Annual Data AU$0AU$77K
Bonus AU$0.00 - AU$9,883
Profit Sharing AU$5,087
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$45,288 - AU$77,635
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 20 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 622

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.

Common Career Paths for Head Chef


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Popular Skills for Head Chef

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$58,878

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

Head Chef Reviews

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

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
24 %
Male
76 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
23%

Experience Affects Head Chef Salaries

▲4%

▲2%

National Average
AU$59,000

▼3%

▼7%

Skills That Affect Head Chef Salaries






National Average
AU$59,000


Menu Planning
▼1%


▼9%

▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 5%
dental benefits
Dental: 1%
vision benefits
Vision: 1%
no benefits
None: 94%