$44,906
Avg. Salary
$15.09
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$2,000

Profit Sharing

$2,500

Commission

$4,200

The average pay for a Head Chef is AU$25.12 per hour.

The average pay for a Head Chef is AU$61,879 per year.

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MEDIAN $44,906
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$0$65K
Salary $30,087 - $65,751
Bonus $259 - $9,787
Profit Sharing $497 - $14,795
Commission $4,200
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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$25,357 - $61,706
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 955
Hourly Data $0$29
Hourly Rate $10.21 - $20.29
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $4.12
Overtime $12.23 - $29.47
Annual Data $0$61K
Bonus $259 - $9,787
Commission $4,200
Profit Sharing $497 - $14,795
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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$25,357 - $61,706
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 583

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.

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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


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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.

Head Chef Job Listings

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

46%

18%

15%

13%

-1%

-14%

-18%

-23%

National Average: $40,686

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

Head Chef Advice

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

Head Chef in Palmer:
"Extremely difficult but immensely fun."
This job is extremely stressful so be prepared to learn more patience than you will ever understand.

Head Chef in Stockton:
"Order food, plan menu, special events."
Get everything in writting.

Head Chef in Phoenix:
"Lifestyle."
Decide if you want to work 70 plus hours a week. High stress at times. Constantly dealing with staffing.

Head Chef in Austin:
"Physical ability, heavy lifting."
Make sure you are physically able to lift and carry heavy objects, be adaptable, know your product and art. You must be able to teach and educate the public and staff with regard to food knowledge.

Head Chef in Seattle:
"Oening and running all aspects of restaurants/hotel kitchens."
Plan on spending at least 10 years of working for others before taking roll as a manager. Travel alot, get stages at highly reputable restaurants. Buy or read books and other publications. Figure out what type of business you want to work in. You will live in or below poverty, plan on it for about ten years. No weekends or hollidays off, no health insurance unless you work in a hotel or some corporate jobs. If you can put up with it for that long then work as a sous chef maybe someone will look at you for a chef position. Figure out what you are going to do after your in your 50's because you probably won't be able to be a chef after that. Don't say Anthony Bourdain he got lucky.

Head Chef in Wiscasset:
"Poor choice."
Not a very good field to get into.

Head Chef in North Palm Beach:
"Things I wish I had of known."
The job was what I expected I knew what I was getting into. I can be hard. But the job is fun if you love what you do. This is a great place to work. My only advice state what you want salary wise in the beginning. Don't assume they are going start you out at one thing then find out different when its to late.

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Key Stats for Head Chef

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 251 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
23%

Experience Affects Head Chef Salaries

▲5%

▲3%

National Average
$41,000

▼4%

▼13%

Skills That Affect Head Chef Salaries

Training
▲34%

chef
▲2%


Operations Management
▲1%



National Average
$41,000


Inventory Management
▼1%

Job Scheduling
▼1%

Chef (Opscode)
▼5%

cooking
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 251 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 25%
vision benefits
Vision: 19%
no benefits
None: 58%