$35,350
Avg. Salary
$12.79
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$507

Profit Sharing

$600

Commission

$1,200

The average pay for a Head Chef/Cook is $12.79 per hour.

The average pay for a Head Chef/Cook is $35,350 per year.

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MEDIAN $35,350
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$0$58K
Salary $21,037 - $58,712
Bonus $23.39 - $5,115
Profit Sharing $10.14 - $39,453
Commission $1,200
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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$19,808 - $43,813
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 323
Hourly Data $0$27
Hourly Rate $9.19 - $17.55
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $2.70
Overtime $12.41 - $27.48
Annual Data $0$43K
Bonus $23.39 - $5,115
Commission $1,200
Profit Sharing $10.14 - $39,453
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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$19,808 - $43,813
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,449

Job Description for Head Chef/Cook

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 supervises the rest of the kitchen staff. Head chefs/cooks are typically responsible for ordering, inventorying, and keeping detailed records of food items and their costs. They must have experience creating menus that assist owners in attracting and maintaining clientele. They also may be responsible for setting menu prices.

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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.

Common Career Paths for Head Chef/Cook


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Head Chefs & Cooks sometimes assume positions such as Hotel Executive Chefs. That role pays $60K per year on average. The most common next step for a Head Chef & Cook is to become an Executive Chef or a Sous Chef. The former position pays an additional $25K per year on average, and the latter position pays $7K more per year.

Head Chef/Cook Job Listings

Popular Skills for Head Chef/Cook


Head Chefs & Cooks seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Order Inventory, Menu Planning, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing cooking as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Service and Food Safety also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Food Preparation indicates knowledge of Menu Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Head Chef/Cook

Pay by Experience for a Head Chef/Cook has a positive trend. An entry-level Head Chef/Cook with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 251 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Head Chef/Cook with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 286 salaries. An experienced Head Chef/Cook which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 354 salaries. A Head Chef/Cook with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 188 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

23%

21%

19%

8%

-19%

National Average: $28,747

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

Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago, the three biggest cities in America, are lucrative areas where pay is higher than the national average. In San Diego, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Orlando (11 percent lower) and Atlanta (1 percent lower).

Head Chef/Cook Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Head Chef/Cook?

Head Chef/Cook in Jackson:
Get all perks, benefits, pay scale, duration of season for being a chef and make sure they pay you your wages upfront.and in writing.

Head Chef/Cook in Glendora:
"Stepping Stone."
Start low and work your way out quick. Realize exactly what your worth and if your employer is not willing to pay you that then move on. And hang in there. Some days are easy some are hell.

Head Chef/Cook in Effingham:
"That they don't give pay raises."
Enjoy it, but can be easy and very enjoyable, remember, the customer is always right. And replace an item a customer complains about. We eat with our eyes, remember presentation is everything!!! Yup even in Fast Food services. Follow recipes for we don't want the customers to say it tasted different one time and then the next time different. Key to keep your company recipes precise.....

Head Chef/Cook in Brooklyn:
"The long Hours on your feet."
Wear comfy slip resistant shoe. Make each meal like your cooking for your family.

Head Chef/Cook in South Houston:
"Support."
Make sure you have support on food & inventory ..

Head Chef/Cook in Phoenix:
"GIVE IT YOUR ALL!!"
TRY YOUR BEST EVERYDAY. THINK OF NEW FUN IDEAS TO USE WHILE COOKING. CREATE NEW RECIPES.

Head Chef/Cook in Escondido:
"Clean the whole kitchen at all time."
Happy with your work, do your job properly, safety work.

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Key Stats for Head Chef/Cook

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 346 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
22%

Experience Affects Head Chef/Cook Salaries

▲6%

▲5%

National Average
$29,000

▼4%

▼15%

Skills That Affect Head Chef/Cook Salaries

Inventory Management
▲12%



Team Leadership
▼0%

National Average
$29,000

Training
▼2%


Cook
▼11%

Food Safety
▼11%

Customer Service
▼17%

cooking
▼28%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 346 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
no benefits
None: 60%