The 10 States With The Highest Executive Chef Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do executive chefs get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for executive chefs by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for executive chefs by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for executive chefs after this adjustment? That would be Chefs And Head Cooks.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Missouri
  2. Wyoming
  3. Michigan
  4. Texas
  5. Delaware
  6. West Virginia
  7. Georgia
  8. New Jersey
  9. Pennsylvania
  10. Kentucky

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for executive chefs from the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $51400, so our index value would be:

$51,400 * (100 / 135.9) = $37,821

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for executive chefs.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Executive Chef Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Missouri $60,066 $54,300 90.4
2 Wyoming $59,466 $54,590 91.8
3 Michigan $58,685 $52,230 89.0
4 Texas $58,621 $53,170 90.7
5 Delaware $58,510 $59,330 101.4
6 West Virginia $58,351 $54,500 93.4
7 Georgia $57,866 $52,890 91.4
8 New Jersey $57,637 $70,260 121.9
9 Pennsylvania $56,834 $57,630 101.4
10 Kentucky $56,276 $50,930 90.5
11 Mississippi $56,263 $48,330 85.9
12 Indiana $55,251 $49,450 89.5
13 Washington $54,828 $57,680 105.2
14 Illinois $54,756 $51,800 94.6
15 Nevada $54,491 $56,290 103.3
16 Virginia $54,325 $54,760 100.8
17 North Carolina $53,982 $50,690 93.9
18 Tennessee $53,411 $47,750 89.4
19 Florida $53,255 $52,350 98.3
20 Alabama $53,026 $48,360 91.2
21 Arkansas $52,560 $45,780 87.1
22 New Mexico $52,041 $50,220 96.5
23 Minnesota $51,577 $51,990 100.8
24 Oklahoma $49,786 $44,410 89.2
25 Wisconsin $48,770 $47,210 96.8
26 Louisiana $48,238 $45,730 94.8
27 Nebraska $48,231 $44,180 91.6
28 Montana $47,906 $48,290 100.8
29 Maine $47,111 $52,200 110.8
30 Utah $46,870 $43,590 93.0
31 North Dakota $46,599 $46,320 99.4
32 South Dakota $46,557 $48,280 103.7
33 Iowa $46,461 $42,280 91.0
34 Connecticut $46,068 $58,830 127.7
35 New Hampshire $45,820 $53,610 117.0
36 Kansas $45,061 $40,510 89.9
37 Hawaii $44,377 $74,510 167.9
38 Arizona $44,122 $43,240 98.0
39 Ohio $43,784 $41,070 93.8
40 New York $42,763 $56,020 131.0
41 Maryland $42,262 $53,040 125.5
42 Massachusetts $42,226 $56,330 133.4
43 Idaho $41,900 $38,590 92.1
44 South Carolina $41,149 $40,820 99.2
45 Oregon $40,475 $46,790 115.6
46 Alaska $39,656 $51,990 131.1
47 California $37,821 $51,400 135.9
48 Vermont $37,646 $45,590 121.1
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