Average Head Chef with Food Preparation Skills Salary

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The average salary for a Head Chef with Food Preparation skills is $44,786.
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$31k - $63k
$229 - $10k
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$507 - $8k
$0 - $4k
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$25k - $59k

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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.

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Popular Skills for Head Chef

Skills in People Management and Order Inventory are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Operations Management, Inventory Management and Menu Planning.

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 $38,974 based on 9 salaries. An early career Head Chef with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $43,897 based on 130 salaries. A mid-career Head Chef with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $43,282 based on 189 salaries. An experienced Head Chef with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $44,574 based on 330 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $47,078.
Employees with Head Chef in their job title in Atlanta, Georgia earn an average of 26.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (22.8% more) and Seattle, Washington (11.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Denver, Colorado (12.1% less) and Los Angeles, California (5.1% less).

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