Average Head Chef Salary in United Kingdom

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The average salary for a Head Chef in United Kingdom is £26,741.
MEDIAN £26,741
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£19k - £38k
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£1k - £10k
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£18k - £37k

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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 Marstons PLC, Compass Group and Care UK Plc. Reported salaries are highest at Marstons PLC where the average pay is £26,500. Care UK Plc pays the lowest at around £23,300.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Head Chef. Thickness and color of lines indicates how common a path is.
Head Chef
Executive Chef
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

Head Chef Job Listings

Popular Skills for Head Chef

Skills that pay less than market rate include Order Inventory, Budget Management, People Management, 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 £20,818 based on 53 salaries. An early career Head Chef with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £24,538 based on 336 salaries. A mid-career Head Chef with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £25,708 based on 493 salaries. An experienced Head Chef with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £27,848 based on 617 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of £28,924.
Employees with Head Chef in their job title in London, England: London earn an average of 19.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Belfast, Northern Ireland: Belfast (7.5% more) and Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh (7.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Manchester, England: Manchester (10.2% less), Glasgow, Scotland: Glasgow (8.4% less) and Bristol, England: Bristol (4.7% less).

Years of Experience

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