These Are The 10 Highest Executive Chef Salaries By State

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Best States For Professions, Rankings - 10 months ago
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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. Florida
  2. Alabama
  3. Michigan
  4. West Virginia
  5. North Carolina
  6. Wyoming
  7. Virginia
  8. Kentucky
  9. Texas
  10. Nevada

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

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for executive chefs from the 2016 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 $49810, so our index value would be:

$49,810 * (100 / 135.9) = $36,651

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 Florida $57,548 $56,570 98.3
2 Alabama $56,184 $51,240 91.2
3 Michigan $55,191 $49,120 89.0
4 West Virginia $54,689 $51,080 93.4
5 North Carolina $53,045 $49,810 93.9
6 Wyoming $52,538 $48,230 91.8
7 Virginia $51,736 $52,150 100.8
8 Kentucky $51,668 $46,760 90.5
9 Texas $51,521 $46,730 90.7
10 Nevada $51,442 $53,140 103.3
11 New Jersey $50,836 $61,970 121.9
12 Pennsylvania $50,621 $51,330 101.4
13 Delaware $50,305 $51,010 101.4
14 Mississippi $50,139 $43,070 85.9
15 Illinois $49,799 $47,110 94.6
16 Missouri $49,314 $44,580 90.4
17 Washington $49,306 $51,870 105.2
18 Wisconsin $48,801 $47,240 96.8
19 Colorado $48,757 $50,610 103.8
20 Arkansas $48,369 $42,130 87.1
21 Rhode Island $47,199 $56,970 120.7
22 Indiana $46,234 $41,380 89.5
23 Utah $45,817 $42,610 93.0
24 North Dakota $45,482 $45,210 99.4
25 Oklahoma $45,044 $40,180 89.2
26 New Mexico $44,611 $43,050 96.5
27 Minnesota $44,067 $44,420 100.8
28 Ohio $42,633 $39,990 93.8
29 Oregon $41,496 $47,970 115.6
30 Kansas $41,234 $37,070 89.9
31 Massachusetts $41,199 $54,960 133.4
32 Louisiana $40,780 $38,660 94.8
33 Georgia $40,218 $36,760 91.4
34 South Dakota $40,048 $41,530 103.7
35 New Hampshire $39,700 $46,450 117.0
36 Maryland $39,625 $49,730 125.5
37 Arizona $39,581 $38,790 98.0
38 Montana $39,543 $39,860 100.8
39 Connecticut $39,310 $50,200 127.7
40 Vermont $38,711 $46,880 121.1
41 Iowa $38,373 $34,920 91.0
42 Tennessee $38,366 $34,300 89.4
43 Maine $37,969 $42,070 110.8
44 Idaho $37,633 $34,660 92.1
45 California $36,651 $49,810 135.9
46 New York $35,931 $47,070 131.0
47 South Carolina $34,596 $34,320 99.2
48 Hawaii $30,673 $51,500 167.9
49 Alaska $30,061 $39,410 131.1