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Average Executive Chef Salary

$61,313
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$4,953
Bonus
$5,500
Commission
$4,936
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for an Executive Chef is $61,313.
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$43k
MEDIAN
$61k
90%
$92k
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$43k - $92k
Bonus
$978 - $15k
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$488 - $20k
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$305 - $15k
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$40k - $94k
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What Do Executive Chefs Do?

Executive Chef Tasks
  • Develop menus, special dishes and supervise food preparation.
  • Oversee back of house labor percentages and budgets, cost of goods sold and other expenses.
  • Manage all food and beverage operations, quality and related costs.

Job Satisfaction for Executive Chef

4.1 out of 5
(856)
Highly Satisfied
83Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Executive Chef are from the companies Compass Group, Sodexo, Inc. and Aramark. Reported salaries are highest at Aramark where the average pay is $77,483. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Marriott International, Inc. and Compass Group, earning around $77,166 and $65,005, respectively. Holiday Inn pays the lowest at around $47,500. Morrison Healthcare and Hilton Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $53,217 and $57,808, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Executive Chefs?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Executive Chefs?

An entry-level Executive Chef with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $53,079 based on 28 salaries. An early career Executive Chef with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,787 based on 342 salaries. A mid-career Executive Chef with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $55,668 based on 615 salaries. An experienced Executive Chef with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $61,355 based on 1,866 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $66,958.
Employees with Executive Chef in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 42.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Boston, Massachusetts (23.0% more) and Los Angeles, California (14.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Denver, Colorado (9.8% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 4,761 survey responses.
Entry Level
0.6%
Early Career
7.2%
Mid Career
12.9%
Experienced
39.2%
Late Career
40.1%