The average hourly pay for a Head Chef/Cook is $13.40.
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What Do Head Chef/Cooks Do?
Head chefs/cooks are responsible for overseeing the quality of food as it leaves the kitchen. They must ensure that their kitchens meet the health standards set in place by governmental agencies. Additionally, they are responsible for making sure that other kitchen personnel follow food safety guidelines and meet hygiene standards. Head chefs/cooks must understand how kitchen equipment functions and ensure that it is operable and in safe working condition. Additionally, a head chef/cook often su…Read more
Head Chef/Cook Tasks
- Manage kitchen operation including food purchases and preparation, record keeping, quality standards, and sanitation.
- Train employees in cooking methods, plate presentations, portions, and cost control.
Job Satisfaction for Head Chef/Cook
Popular Employer Salaries for Head Chef/Cook
The top respondents for the job title Head Chef/Cook are from the companies Sodexo, Inc., Compass Group and Aramark. Reported salaries are highest at Marriott International, Inc. where the average pay is $14.00. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital and Compass Group, earning around $13.95 and $13.89, respectively. Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Corporation pays the lowest at around $8.61. Sodexo, Inc. and Evangelical Community Hospital also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $13.30 and $13.73, respectively.
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Cook, Institution and Cafeteria
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
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What Are Popular Skills for Head Chef/Cooks?
Skills in Order Inventory, Menu Planning and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Food Safety and Food Preparation.
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Head Chef/Cooks?
An entry-level Head Chef/Cook with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $10.92 based on 20 salaries. An early career Head Chef/Cook with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $12.02 based on 422 salaries. A mid-career Head Chef/Cook with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $13.54 based on 382 salaries. An experienced Head Chef/Cook with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $14.15 based on 512 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $15.
Pay Difference by Location
Employees with Head Chef/Cook in their job title in Chicago, Illinois earn an average of 13.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (13.2% more) and Houston, Texas (4.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Dallas, Texas (5.7% less), Orlando, Florida (3.9% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (0.7% less).
Years of Experience
This data is based on 1,738 survey responses.