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Head Chef Salary

$88,509 (USD)

Average Salary

$43/hr

Average Hourly

$3,399

Average Bonus

Last updated: November 20, 2019

The average pay for a Head Chef is $88,509 a year and $43 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Head Chef is between $62,579 and $109,671. On average, a Bachelor's Degree is the highest level of education for a Head Chef. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

ERI’s compensation data are based on salary surveys conducted and researched by ERI. Cost of labor data in the Assessor Series are based on actual housing sales data from commercially available sources, plus rental rates, gasoline prices, consumables, medical care premium costs, property taxes, effective income tax rates, etc.

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Description:
  • Coordinates activities of and directs indoctrination and training of Chefs, Cooks, and other kitchen workers engaged in preparing and cooking foods in upscale restaurants to ensure efficient and profitable food services.
  • Plans or collaborates with others in planning menus and utilization of food surpluses and leftovers, taking into account probable number of guests, marketing conditions, popularity of various dishes, and recency of menu.
  • Estimates food consumption, and purchases or requisitions foodstuffs and kitchen supplies.
  • Reviews menus, analyzes recipes, determines food, labor, and overhead costs, and assigns prices to menu items.
  • Directs food apportionment policy to control costs.
  • Supervises cooking and other kitchen personnel and coordinates their assignments to ensure economical and timely food production.
  • Distinguished from Executive Chef in that the Executive Chef (Fine Dining) has responsibilities for restaurants catering to the upscale market.
Head Chef Job Prevalence in the United States

Job family: Chefs and Head Cooks

Job family population: 128,600

Estimated population of Head Chef jobs: 51,940

Rate of error: 2.9%

Estimated salary in 2024:
$102,606
5 Year Change:
16 %
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Description: The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US) or simply America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles (9.8 million km2), it is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe. Most of the country is located in central North America between Canada and Mexico. With an estimated population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the...

Head Chef Job Listings for United States

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Nov 19
Plainfield, IN, USA
Gecko Hospitality
Kitchen Manager - Head Chef Casual Theme We are searching for a Kitchen Manager - Head Chef that can handle a high-volume and high-energy restaurant. We are looking for the Kitchen Manager - Head ...
Head Chef / Kitchen manager
Nov 18
Glen Spey, NY, USA
Brookwood Camps
The Head Chef will work closely with the Directors to provide nutritious food and snacks to over 250 campers and staff daily. Daily responsibilities will include overseeing the menu planning ...
Head Chef
Nov 19
Conshohocken, PA, USA
Rowland Personnel Recruiting and Staffing
We are seeking a Head Chef for our client in Conshohocken, PA Ideal candidates will thrive in a fast-paced environment and dedicate time to expanding clientele base to establish the restaurant ...
Head Chef Kitchen Manager
Nov 20
Union, NH, USA
Greater Wakefield Resource Center
We are looking for a head chef for these days. The hours are 8-1. The candidate should be experienced in cooking, ordering and familiar with proper food preparation. Typically we have 25-30 people on ...
Head Chef Manager
Nov 14
West Caldwell, NJ, USA
Sunrise ShopRite
The Head Chef manages all aspects of the Sunrise Kitchens operation including hot and cold food preparation, Catering and delivery, Commissary, and special events. Food Safety is critical to Sunrise ...

The average pay for a Head Chef is $88,509 a year and $43 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Head Chef is between $62,579 and $109,671. On average, a Bachelor's Degree is the highest level of education for a Head Chef. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

ERI’s compensation data are based on salary surveys conducted and researched by ERI. Cost of labor data in the Assessor Series are based on actual housing sales data from commercially available sources, plus rental rates, gasoline prices, consumables, medical care premium costs, property taxes, effective income tax rates, etc.

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