These Are The 10 Best Cities For Executive Chefs

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Executive Chefs, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.

To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer executive chefs the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where executive chefs get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.

So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for executive chefs.The result is this list of the best cities executive chefs:

  1. Naples, FL
  2. The Villages, FL
  3. Santa Fe, NM
  4. Cape Coral, FL
  5. Lynn, MA
  6. Hilton Head Island, SC
  7. Atlantic City, NJ
  8. West Palm Beach, FL
  9. Las Vegas, NV
  10. Newark, NJ

So there you have it — Naples is the best city when it comes to being a executive chef.

And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a executive chef? That would be Springfield.

Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for executive chefs and for more on the top ten cities.

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How we determined the best cities to be a executive chefs?




Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay

So in order to find out the best cities for executive chefs in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well executive chefs get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given city.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.

This left us with enough data for 278 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.

In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 278 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for executive chefs in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for executive chefs.

1. Naples, FL

Best States For Executive Chefs

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Total Jobs: 360
Average Annual Salary: $57,970
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,810
Location Quotient: 2.94

2. The Villages, FL

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Total Jobs: 80
Average Annual Salary: $58,070
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,390
Location Quotient: 3.52

3. Santa Fe, NM

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 110
Average Annual Salary: $59,760
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,900
Location Quotient: 1.91

4. Cape Coral, FL

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 370
Average Annual Salary: $59,700
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,700
Location Quotient: 1.68

5. Lynn, MA

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 110
Average Annual Salary: $62,980
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,720
Location Quotient: 2.65

6. Hilton Head Island, SC

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 140
Average Annual Salary: $48,150
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,750
Location Quotient: 2.09

7. Atlantic City, NJ

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 390
Average Annual Salary: $57,110
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,760
Location Quotient: 3.31

8. West Palm Beach, FL

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 680
Average Annual Salary: $63,550
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,710
Location Quotient: 1.29

9. Las Vegas, NV

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,800
Average Annual Salary: $52,330
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,100
Location Quotient: 3.29

10. Newark, NJ

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,360
Average Annual Salary: $59,540
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,290
Location Quotient: 1.25

And that’s our list of the best cities for executive chefs

If you’re looking to start out your career as a executive chef these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.

If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a executive chef in America:

  1. Springfield, IL
  2. Kalamazoo, MI
  3. Mansfield, OH

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Executive Chefs

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Naples, FL $57,970 $35,810 360
2 The Villages, FL $58,070 $35,390 80
3 Santa Fe, NM $59,760 $32,900 110
4 Cape Coral, FL $59,700 $38,700 370
5 Lynn, MA $62,980 $40,720 110
6 Hilton Head Island, SC $48,150 $31,750 140
7 Atlantic City, NJ $57,110 $34,760 390
8 West Palm Beach, FL $63,550 $35,710 680
9 Las Vegas, NV $52,330 $33,100 2,800
10 Newark, NJ $59,540 $39,290 1,360
11 Crestview, FL $50,170 $31,980 190
12 Morgantown, WV $58,960 $34,650 50
13 Providence, RI $53,910 $32,750 670
14 Carson City, NV $50,390 $33,280 30
15 Ames, IA $48,680 $40,420 40
16 Barnstable Town, MA $55,670 $36,280 150
17 Portsmouth, NH $49,190 $34,520 160
18 Sebastian, FL $63,510 $26,570 80
19 Gulfport, MS $41,930 $28,440 230
20 Salinas, CA $61,830 $29,940 240
21 Ocean City, NJ $50,090 $32,680 90
22 Pittsfield, MA $55,470 $33,640 70
23 Philadelphia, PA $56,080 $34,310 630
24 Toledo, OH $47,860 $32,430 220
25 Miami, FL $54,920 $28,750 1,290
26 Napa, CA $52,320 $31,820 180
27 East Stroudsburg, PA $48,230 $33,480 50
28 Haverhill, MA $53,880 $36,350 90
29 Hot Springs, AR $45,280 $23,850 50
30 Flagstaff, AZ $51,720 $26,650 90
31 Daphne, AL $46,210 $35,030 50
32 Niles, MI $55,490 $31,170 50
33 Seattle, WA $56,130 $31,360 1,240
34 Lexington, KY $51,390 $34,360 150
35 Ann Arbor, MI $59,440 $32,740 130
36 Montgomery, AL $54,990 $32,920 90
37 Jackson, MS $49,090 $31,290 170
38 Orlando, FL $55,330 $26,660 1,350
39 Silver Spring, MD $53,610 $34,510 660
40 Boston, MA $56,940 $31,290 2,600
41 Cincinnati, OH $48,520 $30,980 660
42 Cleveland, OH $44,640 $30,560 800
43 Flint, MI $53,170 $25,560 140
44 Colorado Springs, CO $52,520 $35,040 210
45 Lincoln, NE $50,870 $31,950 110
46 San Jose, CA $56,770 $32,520 940
47 Beaumont, TX $63,000 $35,120 60
48 Peabody, MA $60,200 $29,360 120
49 Bismarck, ND $43,480 $27,230 70
50 Birmingham, AL $57,170 $40,680 170
51 Lansing, MI $50,730 $24,050 230
52 Charlottesville, VA $47,210 $32,850 110
53 Columbus, OH $44,140 $30,610 640
54 Wilmington, DE $48,810 $34,920 260
55 Huntington, WV $50,920 $31,500 40
56 Norwich, CT $52,180 $34,040 140
57 Bellingham, WA $52,730 $28,310 60
58 Alexandria, LA $60,950 $26,370 40
59 San Francisco, CA $49,290 $29,220 2,310
60 Raleigh, NC $47,730 $33,600 320
61 Columbia, MO $42,820 $25,870 80
62 Hartford, CT $49,060 $35,330 680
63 San Rafael, CA $47,730 $29,370 290
64 Pittsburgh, PA $42,730 $31,380 1,070
65 Montgomery County, PA $51,860 $28,810 630
66 Lawrence, KS $39,530 $26,020 80
67 Palm Bay, FL $48,080 $30,080 170
68 Mount Vernon, WA $44,220 $28,650 50
69 Owensboro, KY $35,370 $25,870 60
70 Louisville/Jefferson County, KY $42,000 $29,660 260
71 Houma, LA $40,960 $30,160 90
72 Allentown, PA $52,160 $25,850 270
73 Charlotte, NC $50,130 $28,460 700
74 York, PA $45,960 $34,170 100
75 Minneapolis, MN $47,130 $28,620 1,830
76 Trenton, NJ $48,440 $31,340 240
77 Sioux City, IA $48,540 $28,450 50
78 Jacksonville, FL $50,360 $31,380 390
79 Dallas, TX $50,900 $25,870 1,520
80 Tyler, TX $47,980 $32,170 40
81 Greenville, SC $41,940 $25,010 390
82 Lakeland, FL $50,430 $33,850 110
83 Bloomington, IN $37,820 $30,960 60
84 Kahului, HI $52,830 $26,940 270
85 Portland, OR $49,760 $28,310 840
86 Springfield, MA $60,270 $29,170 280
87 Champaign, IL $51,070 $28,700 70
88 Lake County, IL $63,240 $27,780 240
89 Youngstown, OH $45,800 $28,440 90
90 Nashua, NH $42,200 $30,410 230
91 Gary, IN $43,910 $32,330 100
92 Reno, NV $47,400 $22,620 450
93 Manchester, NH $48,010 $31,570 100
94 Bend, OR $41,470 $31,110 70
95 Fort Lauderdale, FL $48,770 $28,640 620
96 St. Cloud, MN $48,530 $34,170 50
97 Shreveport, LA $41,670 $31,640 120
98 Santa Cruz, CA $49,270 $26,750 160
99 Boulder, CO $46,130 $27,340 220
100 Springfield, MO $49,130 $27,400 50

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