Updated Sep 15, 2022

How much does a Chef make?

Updated Sep 15, 2022

Experience

Industry

$41,881 / yrTotal Pay
$39,012 / yrBase Pay
$2,869 / yrAdditional Pay

$41,881

 / yr
$26K$68K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range

The estimated total pay for a Chef is $41,881 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $39,012 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $2,869 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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Total Pay Trajectory

For Chef

$41,881 /yr
Chef
$102,607 /yr
Adjunct Chef
$53,151 /yr
Head Chef
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Related Job Titles

For Chef

Some related job titles are Chef De Cuisine Salaries with median pay of $63,177, Chef Manager Salaries with median pay of $58,691, Cook Salaries with median pay of $34,835, Corporate Chef Salaries with median pay of $88,884.

Top Paying Companies

For a Chef in United States

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Chef in United States. Employers include Meta, Google and Johnson & Johnson.

1
Meta
$109,965/yr
4
2070 Inc
$65,520/yr

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Top Paying Industries

For a Chef in United States

The top 5 paying industries for a Chef in United States are Information Technology with a median total pay of $88,611, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology with a median total pay of $67,108, Government & Public Administration with a median total pay of $60,137, Human Resources & Staffing with a median total pay of $57,638, and Hotels & Travel Accommodation with a median total pay of $50,216.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • Information TechnologyInformation Technology$88,611

    44% Higher than other industries

  • Pharmaceutical & BiotechnologyPharmaceutical & Biotechnology$67,108

    26% Higher than other industries

  • Government & Public AdministrationGovernment & Public Administration$60,137

    17% Higher than other industries

  • Human Resources & StaffingHuman Resources & Staffing$57,638

    14% Higher than other industries

  • Hotels & Travel AccommodationHotels & Travel Accommodation$50,216

    1% Higher than other industries

Information Technology

Top paying companies in Information Technology for Chef are Meta, Google, and Apple.

MetaMeta$109,965/yr
GoogleGoogle$88,611/yr
AppleApple$59,845/yr

Glassdoor Economist Pay Overview

What is the pay outlook for Retail & Food Services?

Job openings are high in retail and food services as more Americans spend money at stores and restaurants. While retail and food services wages are lower than the national average, wage growth is higher. Jobs in retail and food services generally require little formal education or training, making these jobs accessible to most job seekers.

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Location

Total Pay

Base Pay | Additional Pay

Total Years of Experience

Years at Recent Employer

Submitted

Date or Time

Sous Chef

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$12

/hr

Submitted Yesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday
Sous Chef

United States of America

 | 15+ years

$15

/hr

Submitted Yesterday

15+ years
Yesterday
Chef

United States of America

 | 15+ years

$80,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

15+ years
Yesterday
Sous Chef

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$75,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Private Chef

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$22

/hr

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Chef

United States of America

 | 7-9 years

$89,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

7-9 years
Yesterday
Chef

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$15

/hr

Submitted Yesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday
Pastry Chef

United States of America

 | 7-9 years

$20

/hr

Submitted Yesterday

7-9 years
Yesterday

Chef pay FAQ

The national average salary for a Chef is $39,012 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Chef salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 6115 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Chef employees.

The highest salary for a Chef in United States is $62,772 per year.

The lowest salary for a Chef in United States is $24,246 per year.

If you are thinking of becoming a Chef or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of a Chef.

Additional Resources

Chef Job Description Template