The average pay for a Head Chef/Cook is C$16.53 per hour.

C$28,951 - C$69,799
C$29K
C$45K
C$70K
MEDIAN: C$45,117
10%
50%
90%
C$11.92 - C$21.45
C$12
C$16
C$21
MEDIAN: C$16.27
10%
50%
90%
C$0C$69K
Salary C$28,951 - C$69,799
Bonus C$2,250
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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C$25,985 - C$55,712
  • Country: Canada
  • Currency: CAD
  • Updated: 13 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 71
Hourly Data C$0C$36
Hourly Rate C$11.92 - C$21.45
Hourly Tips C$0.00 - C$4.97
Overtime C$18.53 - C$36.79
Annual Data C$0C$55K
Bonus C$2,250
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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C$25,985 - C$55,712
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: CAD
  • Updated: 13 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 185

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.

Common Career Paths for Head Chef/Cook


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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 C$31,000 based on 39 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 C$36,000 based on 52 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 C$39,000 based on 60 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 C$39,000 based on 34 salaries.

Head Chef/Cook Reviews

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

Head Chef/Cook in Brandon:
"Stressful, but rewarding."
Pros: Money. People. Free Food. Free Drinks.
Cons: Stressful work. Long Hours. Not taken seriously.

Head Chef/Cook in Winnipeg:
"Cooking for and supervising kids."
Pros: I get to cook and work with kids also.
Cons: Doing the dishes and rules in my job change all the time.

Head Chef/Cook in Edmonton:
"I love to cook. And I want to make my career in this profession."
Pros: I love to serve the people. I love to talk to people that I'm cooking for. I love cooking. I also like to face new challenges everyday.
Cons: I think that there is nothing I do not like in this profession. Every profession have their share of challenges but you can't always take challenges as a bad thing.

Head Chef/Cook in Toronto:
"Great Job"
Pros: I love making good food for the customers.
Cons: You have to work weekends.

Head Chef/Cook in Toronto:
"My Experience"
Pros: Creating great food, creative control in making menus, having free reign over the kitchen/cooking
Cons: Work hours are long and they sometimes eat into my time for my family

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Key Stats for Head Chef/Cook

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
26%

Experience Affects Head Chef/Cook Salaries

▲4%

Late-Career
▲4%

National Average
C$38,000

Mid-Career
▼5%

Entry-Level
▼17%

Skills That Affect Head Chef/Cook Salaries

National Average
C$38,000

Food Preparation
▼13%

Menu Planning
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
no benefits
None: 61%