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Average Sous Chef Salary

$44,925
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$1,930
Bonus
$2,000
Commission
$1,789
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for a Sous Chef is $44,925.
10%
$33k
MEDIAN
$45k
90%
$59k
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$33k - $59k
Bonus
$303 - $6k
Profit Sharing
$201 - $4k
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$0 - $4k
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$29k - $56k
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What Do Sous Chefs Do?

Sous Chef Tasks
  • Assist management of food preparation, planning, and production.
  • Substitute for the executive chef or line cooks when off-duty or during staff shortages.
  • Supervise kitchen staff.

Job Satisfaction for Sous Chef

3.7 out of 5
(776)
Highly Satisfied
121Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Sous Chef are from the companies Compass Group, Marriott International, Inc. and Hilton Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at Marriott International, Inc. where the average pay is $52,801. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Ruth's Chris Steak House and P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Inc., earning around $50,676 and $49,967, respectively. Aramark pays the lowest at around $42,000. Hilton Corporation and Compass Group also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $45,781 and $46,823, respectively.

Career Paths

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What Are Popular Skills for Sous Chefs?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Sous Chefs?

An entry-level Sous Chef with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $40,927 based on 36 salaries. An early career Sous Chef with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $42,342 based on 814 salaries. A mid-career Sous Chef with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $44,889 based on 1,050 salaries. An experienced Sous Chef with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $46,204 based on 1,336 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $46,808.
Employees with Sous Chef in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 21.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (10.6% more) and Houston, Texas (2.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (1.5% less) and Denver, Colorado (0.5% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 3,882 survey responses.
Entry Level
0.9%
Early Career
21.0%
Mid Career
27.0%
Experienced
34.4%
Late Career
16.6%