The average hourly pay for a Head Chef/Cook is $12.95.
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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 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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Head Chef/Cook
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
Avg. Hourly Rate
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.
Pay Difference by Location
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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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