Average Head Chef/Cook Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Head Chef/Cook is $12.95.
MEDIAN $12.95
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Hourly Rate
$9 - $18
$23 - $5,045
Profit Sharing
$10 - $17,754
$0 - $1,200
Total Pay
$19,986 - $42,692

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Job Description for Head Chef/Cook

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.
The top respondents for the job title Head Chef/Cook are from the companies Sodexo, Inc., Aramark and Compass Group. Reported salaries are highest at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital where the average pay is $13.95. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Courtyard by Marriott and Sodexo, Inc., earning around $13.86 and $13.77, respectively. Healthcare Services Group, Inc. pays the lowest at around $11.50. Compass Group and Aramark also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $13.45 and $13.67, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Head Chef/Cook

Skills in Order Inventory, Menu Planning, Food Safety and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Food Preparation.

Pay by Experience Level for Head Chef/Cook

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 $10.34 based on 121 salaries. An early career Head Chef/Cook with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.61 based on 517 salaries. A mid-career Head Chef/Cook with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $13.02 based on 537 salaries. An experienced Head Chef/Cook with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $13.68 based on 647 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $14.
Employees with Head Chef/Cook in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 17.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (16.2% more) and Houston, Texas (9.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Dallas, Texas (2.4% less).

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