Average Executive Chef Salary

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The average salary for an Executive Chef is $59,743.
MEDIAN $59,743
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$41k - $89k
$977 - $14k
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$255 - $12k
$511 - $15k
Total Pay
$38k - $91k

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Job Description for Executive Chef

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.
The top respondents for the job title Executive Chef are from the companies Sodexo, Inc., Compass Group and Aramark. Reported salaries are highest at Marriott International, Inc. where the average pay is $82,424. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Aramark and Compass Group, earning around $65,805 and $61,391, respectively. Holiday Retirement Corporation pays the lowest at around $50,421. Morrison Healthcare and Sodexo, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $54,235 and $59,468, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Executive Chef

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

Pay by Experience Level for Executive Chef

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 $49,284 based on 103 salaries. An early career Executive Chef with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $49,940 based on 612 salaries. A mid-career Executive Chef with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $53,846 based on 1,311 salaries. An experienced Executive Chef with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $60,237 based on 2,854 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $64,127.
Employees with Executive Chef in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 40.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Boston, Massachusetts (18.7% more) and Los Angeles, California (18.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Denver, Colorado (10.2% less).

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