Executive Chef Salary

Executive Chefs who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up over three-quarters of Executive Chefs. Pay fluctuates from $37K to $87K per year, but expected earnings average $58K per year. Final incomes of Executive Chefs generally vary between $37K and $87K; more lucrative packages include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions — occasionally as high as $12K each for the first two and $15K for the last. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by the particular city and years of experience. While some workers in this profession — approximately one-third — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Executive Chefs, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Executive Chefs who responded to the questionnaire — 88 percent to be exact. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$39,445 - $86,423
$39K
$58K
$86K
MEDIAN: $57,931
10%
50%
90%

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$11.93 - $25.30
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $16.58
10%
50%
90%

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$0$87K
Salary $39,445 - $86,423
Bonus $953 - $12,126
Profit Sharing $511 - $12,193
Commission $-0.50 - $14,544
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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$36,678 - $87,908
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 4 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,936
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $11.93 - $25.30
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $2.70
Overtime $13.81 - $37.34
Annual Data $0$87K
Bonus $953 - $12,126
Commission $-0.50 - $14,544
Profit Sharing $511 - $12,193
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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$36,678 - $87,908
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 4 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 354

Job Description for Executive Chef

The job of executive chefs is to share their knowledge and experience with employees under them, delegate tasks, and ensure the quality of all food produced in their kitchens. An executive chef needs expert culinary knowledge and insight into how to run a kitchen. They must also be knowledgeable of needed kitchen equipment and able to track inventory. Those working under the executive chef must be able to follow the executive chef’s orders; that means an executive chef must train his or her team in accordance with what the kitchen needs.

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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.

Common Career Paths for Executive Chef


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At the upper end, Executive Chefs who move into a Corporate Chef role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Corporate Chefs is a much higher $71K per year. Executive Chefs most often move into positions as Hotel Executive Chefs or Food and Beverage Directors; those groups report median salaries that are $3K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Executive Chef


Known for taking on a considerable number of Executive Chefs, Sodexo, Inc., Compass Group, Compass Group Usa Inc, Aramark Food Services, and Aramark are leading firms in the industry. Employees at Spirit Mountain Gaming, Inc. enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $82K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $61K and higher ones not far away at only $93K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Morton's the Steakhouse, Compass Group, and Bon Appetit Management Company, top-paying firms where Executive Chefs rake in a $71K, $67K, or $67K, respectively.

Morrison Healthcare, Unidine Corporation, and Compass Group Usa Inc also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $48K, $50K, and $51K.

Popular Skills for Executive Chef


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Fortunate workers who know Culinary command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 40 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Cost Accounting, cooking, and Order Inventory. Most people experienced in Food Preparation also know Inventory Management, Budget Management, and Operations Management. It is often found that people who know Inventory Control are also skilled in Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Executive Chef

Pay by Experience for an Executive Chef has a positive trend. An entry-level Executive Chef with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 414 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Executive Chef with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 820 salaries. An experienced Executive Chef which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 1,711 salaries. An Executive Chef with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 1,210 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,940

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

Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Executive Chefs, 40 percent above the national average. Executive Chefs will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+36 percent), New York (+36 percent), Boston (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+17 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Portland, 10 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Austin and 4 percent less in Denver, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Executive Chef

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 550 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
38%

Experience Affects Executive Chef Salaries

▲7%

▲3%

National Average
$57,000

▼10%

▼20%

Skills That Affect Executive Chef Salaries

Culinary
▲40%





National Average
$57,000


▼2%




Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼4%



cooking
▼12%

Cost Accounting
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 550 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 34%