The average hourly pay for a Kitchen Chef is $12.81.
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$10 - $18
$98 - $5,600
$0 - $500
$20,464 - $45,820
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Job Description for Kitchen Chef
Kitchen chefs prepare foods for their establishment's diners. They may work for private institutions such as restaurants, entertainment venues, cruise ships and large corporations, as well as public institutions such as schools and public hospitals. Tasks performed by kitchen chefs include planning the menu, supervising kitchen assistants, waiters, and hostesses, and preparing food. Food preparation tasks may include cutting meat, vegetables and fruit; preparing stuffing, glazes and sauces; asse…Read more
Kitchen Chef Tasks
- Prepare appetizers, salads, sandwiches, sauces, stuffing, and glazes.
- May supervise pantry staff.
- Utilize extra meat in new menu items.
- Chop, slice, grind, and garnish meats, vegetables, and cheeses.
Job Satisfaction for Kitchen Chef
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Popular Skills for Kitchen Chef
Avg. Hourly Rate
Skills in Menu Planning, Order Inventory and Food Safety are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Cleaning and Food Preparation.
Pay by Experience Level for Kitchen Chef
An entry-level Kitchen Chef with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $10.90 based on 42 salaries. An early career Kitchen Chef with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.79 based on 398 salaries. A mid-career Kitchen Chef with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $13.00 based on 224 salaries. An experienced Kitchen Chef with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $14.57 based on 209 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $15.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Kitchen Chef in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 36.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (17.1% more) and Atlanta, Georgia (16.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Miami, Florida (0.5% less).
Years of Experience
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