The average salary for an Early-Career Head Chef in Seattle, Washington is $48,586.
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Job Description for Head Chef
Head chefs work in restaurants, cafeterias, catering companies, bakeries, and many other other places which serve food. These chefs are generally expected to specialize in the particular cuisines served by their employers in order to prepare and cook food, often with the help of other chefs, and present it in an attractive manner. In some positions, head chefs may also be responsible for creating and modifying the menu or setting prices for selections. Some employers prefer that their head chef…Read more
Head Chef 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.
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Popular Skills for Head Chef
Skills in People Management and Food Preparation are correlated to pay that is above average.
Pay by Experience Level for Head Chef
A mid-career Head Chef with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $50,153 based on 7 salaries. An experienced Head Chef with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $49,533 based on 12 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $44,106.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Head Chef in their job title in Chicago, Illinois earn an average of 49.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Atlanta, Georgia (30.7% more) and New York, New York (15.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (19.8% less).
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