Kitchen Chef Salary

The average Kitchen Chef in the United States earns approximately $12.41 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. While more than half report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and approximately one in four have dental, as well. Most Kitchen Chefs survey respondents are men (72 percent). The majority of Kitchen Chefs claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$21,481 - $59,454
$21K
$37K
$59K
MEDIAN: $36,856
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$9.37 - $17.73
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MEDIAN: $12.49
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$0$59K
Salary $21,481 - $59,454
Bonus $0.00 - $8,642
Profit Sharing $500
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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$20,313 - $48,469
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 139
Hourly Data $0$26
Hourly Rate $9.37 - $17.73
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $2.89
Overtime $12.49 - $26.36
Annual Data $0$48K
Bonus $0.00 - $8,642
Profit Sharing $500
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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$20,313 - $48,469
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 454

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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; assembling plates to be sent to diners; and overseeing the food preparation tasks performed by subordinates in the kitchen. Kitchen chefs may conduct ordering and bookkeeping work for their restaurant as well.

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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.

Common Career Paths for Kitchen Chef


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Advancing into an Executive Chef role seems to be a popular career move for Kitchen Chefs, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $54K per year. A common career progression for a Kitchen Chef is to become a Sous Chef or a Head Chef & Cook. Compared to Kitchen Chefs, the first group earns $7K more on average, and the second group earns $2K more.

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Popular Skills for Kitchen Chef


Survey results show that Kitchen Chefs use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, Menu Planning, Customer Service, and cooking are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Cleaning as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Inventory Management and Food Preparation also typically command lower compensation. Those with knowledge of cooking tend to be skilled in Food Preparation as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Kitchen Chef

Pay by Experience for a Kitchen Chef has a positive trend. An entry-level Kitchen Chef with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 315 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Kitchen Chef with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 173 salaries. An experienced Kitchen Chef which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 139 salaries. A Kitchen Chef with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 71 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,817

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

For Kitchen Chefs, Nashville provides a pay rate that is 56 percent greater than the national average. Kitchen Chefs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+43 percent), Orlando (+17 percent), Austin (+12 percent), and Seattle (+10 percent). Kitchen Chefs in San Diego make 30 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Fort Worth and Portland (16 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

Kitchen Chef Reviews

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

Kitchen Chef in Sandwich:
"Stressful."
Pros: The satisfaction of putting out meals.
Cons: The stress.

Kitchen Chef in Taylorsville:
"Hard work."
Pros: Cooking a lot of different types of food and serving people from all walks of life.
Cons: High stress environment, many tasks fall on Chef to do.

Kitchen Chef in West Palm Beach:
"Management."
Pros: The environment is great.the people are so friendly and helpful. The hours are great with also the overtime.the people are so friendly and helpful.also with the medical benefits and the pay vacations that's what makes it just such a good place.
Cons: This job requires a lot of additional duties and in my opinion the position is not compensated for the amount and quality of work that the workers do.

Kitchen Chef in Saint Ann:
"What Am I Worth?"
Pros: That I please people with my ability and they don't even know me personally.
Cons: That it takes time to excel but your skill level increases through that time.

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Key Stats for Kitchen Chef

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 89 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Kitchen Chef Salaries

▲9%

▲7%

National Average
$29,000

▼2%

▼11%

Skills That Affect Kitchen Chef Salaries



Customer Service
▲1%

cooking
▼0%

National Average
$29,000


Inventory Management
▼10%

Cleaning
▼28%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
vision benefits
Vision: 24%
no benefits
None: 60%
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