Average Head Chef Salary

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The average salary for a Head Chef is $45,577.
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$31k - $66k
$102 - $10k
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$350 - $10k
$2k - $7k
Total Pay
$25k - $61k

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Job Description for Head Chef

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.

Job Satisfaction for Head Chef

3.8 out of 5
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Popular Skills for Head Chef

Skills that pay less than market rate include Inventory Management, Order Inventory, People Management, Menu Planning and Food Preparation.

Pay by Experience Level for Head Chef

An entry-level Head Chef with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $42,183 based on 15 salaries. An early career Head Chef with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $43,785 based on 225 salaries. A mid-career Head Chef with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $44,577 based on 347 salaries. An experienced Head Chef with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $45,811 based on 541 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $47,940.
Employees with Head Chef in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 31.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (14.9% more) and Los Angeles, California (11.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in St. Louis, Missouri (14.5% less).

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