Personal Chef Salary

Personal Chefs in the United States take home an average $20.43 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Personal Chefs survey participants are largely women, dominating at 63 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Personal Chefs. Medical benefits are awarded to somewhere between a fifth and a fourth, and nearly one in seven earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$24,118 - $80,412
$24K
$49K
$80K
MEDIAN: $48,522
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50%
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$12.42 - $43.45
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$43
MEDIAN: $20.47
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$0$90K
Salary $24,118 - $80,412
Bonus $100.00 - $10,000
Profit Sharing $2,000
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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$25,850 - $90,764
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 129
Hourly Data $0$75
Hourly Rate $12.42 - $43.45
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $6.18
Overtime $5.93 - $75.50
Annual Data $0$90K
Bonus $100.00 - $10,000
Profit Sharing $2,000
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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$25,850 - $90,764
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 302

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Job Description for Personal Chef

Personal chefs prepare meals for individuals, families, and sometimes businesses. They can be hired to serve smaller or larger groups, but they generally work in a setting that is more intimate than a restaurant kitchen. Personal chefs work in a kitchen and require a variety of kitchen appliances and culinary tools to prepare meals for the client.

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Personal Chef Tasks

  • Plan menu based on clients' specific requirements.
  • Clean kitchen when cooking is complete.
  • Prepare meals using safe techniques.
  • Shop for food supplies.

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Pay by Experience Level for Personal Chef

Pay by Experience for a Personal Chef has a positive trend. An entry-level Personal Chef with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 179 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Personal Chef with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 147 salaries. An experienced Personal Chef which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 175 salaries. A Personal Chef with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 69 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,796

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

Surpassing the national average by 46 percent, Personal Chefs in Sacramento receive some of the highest pay in the country. Personal Chefs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Miami (+45 percent), Chicago (+23 percent), New York (+20 percent), and San Francisco (+18 percent). Personal Chefs in Scottsdale earn salaries far below the national average by 31 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Houston (18 percent lower) and Atlanta (5 percent lower).

Personal Chef Reviews

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

Personal Chef in Miami:
"Great Lifestyle but stressful at times."
Pros: Not having to wake up early. More relaxed than a normal kitchen. Having to be resourceful and being on the go.
Cons: The rate of pay. Dealing with different attitudes day to day. Having to plan around someone else's schedule.

Key Stats for Personal Chef

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Personal Chef Salaries

▲14%

Late-Career
▲14%

▲1%

National Average
$45,000

▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 19%
dental benefits
Dental: 13%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
no benefits
None: 78%
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