The average salary for a Head Chef in Seattle, Washington is $48,641.
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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 Food Preparation, Menu Planning, People Management and Order Inventory are correlated to pay that is above average.
Pay by Experience Level for Head Chef
An early career Head Chef with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $48,586 based on 7 salaries. A mid-career Head Chef with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation 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 New York, New York earn an average of 22.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (7.7% more) and Chicago, Illinois (7.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in St. Louis, Missouri (19.9% less) and Portland, Oregon (5.4% less).
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