$41,923
Avg. Salary
$14.81
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,948

Bonus

$1,500

Profit Sharing

$2,000

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Sous Chef is $14.81 per hour.

The average pay for a Sous Chef is $41,923 per year.

$11.35
10%
$14.81
50%
$18.99
90%
MEDIAN $14.81
$31k
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$42k
50%
$56k
90%
MEDIAN $41,923
$30,845 - $55,646
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MEDIAN: $41,923
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$0$55K
Salary $30,845 - $55,646
Bonus $356 - $5,589
Profit Sharing $50.00 - $4,112
Commission $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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$27,471 - $53,766
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 28 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,969
Hourly Data $0$28
Hourly Rate $11.35 - $18.99
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $2.11
Overtime $16.73 - $28.57
Annual Data $0$53K
Bonus $356 - $5,589
Commission $2,000
Profit Sharing $50.00 - $4,112
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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$27,471 - $53,766
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 28 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,813

Job Description for Sous Chef

The position of Sous Chef requires prime management skills and the ability to control the kitchen before, during, and after every service. The Sous Chef is in charge of a majority of the kitchen staff and must be able to manage the kitchen operations on a day-to-day basis. This person is in charge of disciplining staff and, in some cases, terminating them. The Sous Chef also deals with quality control issues and has a major say in creating new menu items and updating older ones.

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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.

Sous Chef Pay By Employer

$0$62K

Compass Group
45 profiles
$44,745

Sodexo, Inc.
36 profiles
$34,337

Hilton Worldwide
14 profiles
$40,238

$46,992

$43,376

$47,870

$41,991

Aramark
8 profiles
$32,468

$42,650

$28,600

Common Career Paths for Sous Chef


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Sous Chef Job Listings

Popular Skills for Sous Chef

Pay by Experience Level for Sous Chef

Pay by Experience for a Sous Chef has a positive trend. An entry-level Sous Chef with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 788 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Sous Chef with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 1,052 salaries. An experienced Sous Chef which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 1,003 salaries. A Sous Chef with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 373 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,969

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

Sous Chef Reviews

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

Sous Chef in Trenton:
"Awesome!"
Pros: I love making food. I take a lot of pride in what I do and I am continuously trying to learn something new everyday.
Cons: Sometime it can be stressful when there is a lot of work to be done in a little time.

Sous Chef in Bellingham:
"Learn how to deal with children."
Work as if you are helping your family, and friends. Not just spoiled and selfish residents. You have to please residents, administration, family members, dietician, dr's., rn's and your family, try your hardest to please yourself, otherwise you will burn out quickly!!!!!

Sous Chef in Middletown:
"Wish I had my own tools."
Have an open mind, be willing to learn and work long hours and don't be afraid to take charge.

Sous Chef in Savannah:
"Production."
Always take pride in what you do.

Sous Chef in San Francisco:
"Be Passionate, Love What You Do And Anything Is Possible."
Stay focused, don't sweat the small stuff, take notes, everything is a learning process regardless good or bad, and know your business. And your business is the kitchen, everything in that kitchen is your business every employee, every product in the refrigerator, every uniform is your business. You need to own that business and I'm not saying monetarily, I'm saying in your heart. You need to own everything that happens in that building and and you'll be a better sous chef and right hand to YOUR chef. Remember there are no great chefs without great sous chefs and there are no great sous chefs without great cooks and prep cooks and dishwashers. We sweat and the team we bleed as a team we eat as a team we fail as a team about you but I don't like to fail. Also remember loyalty, dedication and respect to your staff, the product and most importantly YOUR chef!

Sous Chef in Seattle:
"Not just cooking."
Being a sous chef takes many skills, being a great cook is near the bottom of the list! Being organized and able to multi task and manage is the first few skills. It's hard work, and you don't get to cook very much.

Sous Chef in Brooklyn:
"I Feel Underpaid For The Level Of Responsibility I Have."
Pros: Working in a kitchen with a great group of employees.
Cons: Highly understaffed and over worked. We don't meet our deadlines because of unachievable, unreasonable goals.

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Key Stats for Sous Chef

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 798 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
15%

Experience Affects Sous Chef Salaries

▲3%

▲1%

National Average
$39,000

▼1%

▼11%

Skills That Affect Sous Chef Salaries

Budget Management
▲23%


Chef (Opscode)
▲2%



National Average
$39,000



▼1%

Menu Planning
▼2%

Leadership
▼2%


Scheduling
▼9%

chef
▼9%

sous chef
▼12%

cooking
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 798 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 40%