Head Chef Salary
|Salary||$29,568 - $65,235|
|Bonus||$200.00 - $7,032|
|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).)
|$24,834 - $60,216|
|Hourly Rate||$10.07 - $19.84|
|Hourly Tips||$0.00 - $3.96|
|Overtime||$13.68 - $29.24|
|Bonus||$200.00 - $7,032|
|Total Pay (||$24,834 - $60,216|
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.Read More...
Some employers prefer that their head chefs have completed culinary education, though this is not a strict requirement, as other employers prioritize the actual ability to cook food. Head chefs may also have inventory and purchasing duties and work within budgets, so it is important to be able to maintain the best-quality food while staying within them. Managing employees and ensuring that they are working efficiently is also a common part of the job.
Prior to being hired, head chefs should have a health safety certification, and many years of prior experience may be necessary to reach this position. Working hours vary greatly, as these chefs may have to work longer hours when the business is busy, and many jobs require working nights or weekends as such. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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.
Common Career Paths for Head Chef
Head Chefs who move on to become Executive Chefs may enjoy significant pay raises, as Executive Chefs get paid an average of $54K per year. Becoming a Head Chef & Cook is, more often than not, the most common role that Head Chefs move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Head Chef & Cook is $31K. Another frequent advance is for Head Chefs to assume an Executive Sous Chef role; in this role, workers often take home $47K.
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Popular Skills for Head Chef
Survey takers working as Head Chefs report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Training and chef are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include cooking and Chef. Most people experienced in Food Preparation also know People Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Head Chef
Pay by Experience for a Head Chef has a positive trend. An entry-level Head Chef with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 223 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Head Chef with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 301 salaries. An experienced Head Chef which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 429 salaries. A Head Chef with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 187 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Head Chefs that is 48 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Head Chefs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+22 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), and Portland (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Miami, which sits 22 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers in Rochester and Sacramento also lean toward paying below-median salaries (17 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).
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