Chef de Cuisine Salary

With two-thirds of Chef de Cuisines in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $33K to $69K per year and averages out to $50K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Men make up the vast majority of Chef de Cuisines (84 percent) who took the survey. While some workers in this profession — over a third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and close to one-half have dental insurance. Most Chef de Cuisines report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,156 - $71,499
$36K
$51K
$71K
MEDIAN: $51,247
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50%
90%

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$11.66 - $19.65
$12
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.37
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$0$72K
Salary $36,156 - $71,499
Bonus $497.49 - $10,234
Profit Sharing $1,017
Commission $4,000
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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$33,241 - $72,026
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 352
Hourly Data $0$28
Hourly Rate $11.66 - $19.65
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $4.79
Overtime $17.34 - $28.16
Annual Data $0$72K
Bonus $497.49 - $10,234
Commission $4,000
Profit Sharing $1,017
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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$33,241 - $72,026
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 56

Job Description for Chef de Cuisine

In finer dining restaurants, the chef de cuisine is in charge of all kitchen operations from creating the menu to overseeing product and prep work to creating and conducting the final examination of plates to be sent out to guests. The chef typically has one or more assistant chefs (sous chefs) to assist with these tasks, as well as help supervise cooks and other kitchen personnel. Successful chefs de cuisine must effectively source the necessary food supplies required for their menus, as well as conduct food cost analysis to ensure that restaurant pricing creates a cost-of-goods-sold percentage that matches the needs of the restaurant. The chef typically schedules prep work for the kitchen based on expected business volume as well.

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Chef de Cuisine Tasks

  • Supervise kitchen staff, overseeing food production and ensuring compliance to recipes and health regulations.
  • Conduct quality checks of food products, both received and cooked, and monitor sanitation practices.
  • Participate in recipe and menu development, training staff on food production procedures.
  • Manage food and labor costs, purchase supplies, and track inventory.

Common Career Paths for Chef de Cuisine


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For Chef de Cuisines, progressing to a Hotel Executive Chef role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Hotel Executive Chef can earn $60K annually. With an annual salary of $54K, Executive Chef is the most common role for Chef de Cuisines to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Executive Sous Chef role — which usually pays $47K — is also typical for Chef de Cuisines, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Chef de Cuisine


Survey results suggest that Chef de Cuisines use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Menu Planning, Operations Management, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Food Preparation indicates knowledge of Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chef de Cuisine

Pay by Experience for a Chef de Cuisine has a positive trend. An entry-level Chef de Cuisine with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 71 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chef de Cuisine with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 168 salaries. An experienced Chef de Cuisine which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 228 salaries. A Chef de Cuisine with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 66 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,312

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

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Chef de Cuisines, 35 percent above the national average. Chef de Cuisines can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Orlando (+21 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), Washington (+19 percent), and Boston (+13 percent). Chef de Cuisines' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Chef de Cuisines in Jacksonville bring in salaries that are 27 percent lower than the national average. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Denver and 8 percent less in Austin, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Chef de Cuisine

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
16%

Experience Affects Chef de Cuisine Salaries

▲3%

National Average
$50,000

▼3%

▼3%

▼19%

Skills That Affect Chef de Cuisine Salaries

Inventory Management
▲5%


National Average
$50,000




Order Inventory
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 33%