$59,038
Avg. Salary
$16.92
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$4,941

Profit Sharing

$4,843

Commission

$6,000

The average pay for an Executive Chef is $16.92 per hour.

The average pay for an Executive Chef is $59,038 per year.

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$0$89K
Salary $40,174 - $87,757
Bonus $972 - $13,710
Profit Sharing $99.33 - $11,853
Commission $0.00 - $15,050
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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$37,967 - $89,904
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,496
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $11.84 - $25.48
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $3.47
Overtime $5.11 - $36.50
Annual Data $0$89K
Bonus $972 - $13,710
Commission $0.00 - $15,050
Profit Sharing $99.33 - $11,853
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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$37,967 - $89,904
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 595

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

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

Executive Chef Pay By Employer

$0$131K

Sodexo, Inc.
59 profiles
$57,593

Compass Group
58 profiles
$63,143

Aramark
28 profiles
$63,969

$82,424

$53,943

$65,030

$62,563

$50,537

Holiday Inn
12 profiles
$41,818

$93,500

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.

Executive Chef Job Listings

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: $58,384

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.

Executive Chef Advice

Q: What is it like working as an Executive Chef?

Executive Chef in Sun Valley:
"Importance of people management for a Chef."
Being culinarily creative will be 20% of your job and managing people will be 80% of it. I strongly stress that leading, coaching and inspiring your cooks, sous chefs and dishwashers, communicating well with FOH, and continuously fine tuning your processes, organizational and administrative will be the way for you to excel.

Executive Chef in New Orleans:
"Love what you do."
You have to have a passion for people and food.

Executive Chef in Wailuku:
"Demand of time."
Try to have your expected time management spelled out as clear as possible. How much at a desk, in the kitchen, on the floor, required responses in what amount of time.

Executive Chef in Ripon:
"Have a plan b, c and d..."
Pick your battles.

Executive Chef in Providence:
"It takes a good amount of time."
Simply put, it takes a good amount of time to get where you want to be in your career. Between raising a family and paying bills, including student loans, it may take 2 decades to catch up before your even remotely comfortable. Stay abreast of current trends and try a variety of different positions related to where you want to be to gain experience. Lastly, work hard.

Executive Chef in Lawrenceville:
"Share your knowledge about the daily responsibilities."
Listen and learn.

Executive Chef in Jackson:
"Fellow managers."
Count on yourself for development.

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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 942 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
39%

Experience Affects Executive Chef Salaries

▲4%

▲1%

National Average
$58,000

▼12%

▼22%

Skills That Affect Executive Chef Salaries

Culinary
▲36%

National Average
$58,000







▼5%



Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼7%



cooking
▼14%

Cost Accounting
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 942 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 33%