Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for Chefs in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:
- There are over 145,115 Chefs currently employed in the United States.
- 25.2% of all Chefs are women, while 74.8% are men.
- The average age of an employed Chef is 40 years old.
- The most common ethnicity of Chefs is White (59.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (17.8%) and Black or African American (10.4%).
- The majority of Chefs are located in NY, New York and IL, Chicago.
- Chefs are most in-demand in Las Vegas, NV.
- Chefs are paid an average annual salary of $47,396.
- The Manufacturing industry is the highest-paying for Chefs.
- Boston, MA pays an annual average wage of $56,979, the highest in the US.
- Chefs average starting salary is $32,000.
- In 2021, women earned 94% of what men earned.
- The top 10% of highest-paid Chefs earn as much as $69,000 or more.
- 8% of all Chefs are LGBT.
- New Jersey is the best state for Chefs to live.
- Chefs are more likely to work at Private companies in comparison to Public companies.
Chef Statistics By Gender
Among Chefs, 25.2% of them are women compared to 74.8% which are men.
- Male, 74.8%
- Female, 25.2%
Chefs By Gender
Gender Pay Gap For Chef
Women Earn 94¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men
Chef Gender Over Time
This data shows how men and women predominate in the Chef position over time.
Chef Gender By Year
Chef Male to Female Ratio
We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, Corporate Executive Chef and Chef De Cuisine have the biggest difference in gender.
|Chef De Cuisine||90%||10%|
|Corporate Executive Chef||91%||9%|
Chef Statistics By Race
The most common ethnicity among Chefs is White, which makes up 59.4% of all Chefs. Comparatively, there are 17.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 10.4% of the Black or African American ethnicity.
- White, 59.4%
- Hispanic or Latino, 17.8%
- Black or African American, 10.4%
- Asian, 9.1%
- Unknown, 2.7%
- American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.6%
|Hispanic or Latino||17.8%|
|Black or African American||10.4%|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.6%|
Chef Race And Ethnicity Over Time
Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among Chefs.
- Hispanic or Latino
- Black or African American
Chef Race By Year
|Year||White||Black or African American||Asian||Hispanic or Latino|
Chef Wage Gap By Race
|Black or African American||$43,599|
|Hispanic or Latino||$45,893|
Average Age of a Chef
We determined the average age of Chefs based on ethnicity and gender.
Chef Age By Race
|Race||Male Age||Female Age|
|Black or African American||39||38|
|Hispanic or Latino||39||43|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||33.5|
Chef Age Breakdown
This chart breaks down the ages of Chef employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of Chefs is 40+ years old, which represents 49% of the population.
Types of Chef Degree Levels
The most common degree for Chefs is Associate Degree 38% of Chefs earn that degree. A close second is Bachelor's Degree with 27% and rounding it off is High School Diploma with 21%.
- Associate, 38%
- Bachelors, 27%
- High School Diploma, 21%
- Diploma, 8%
- Other Degrees, 6%
Chefs By Education
|High School Diploma||21%|
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Chef Wage Gap By Education
|High School Diploma or Less||$45,767|
|Some College/ Associate Degree||$51,680|
Chef Employment Statistics
This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ Chefs. We found that the most common company type is Private. In addition, the industry that employs the most Chefs is the Hospitality industry.
We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire Chefs.
< 50 employees
50 - 100 employees
100 - 500 employees
500 - 1,000 employees
1,000 - 10,000 employees
Chef Jobs By Employer Size
|< 50 employees||7%|
|50 - 100 employees||3%|
|100 - 500 employees||13%|
|500 - 1,000 employees||14%|
|1,000 - 10,000 employees||36%|
|> 10,000 employees||28%|
The Types Of Companies Chef Work In
Employees with the Chef job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most Chefs prefer to work at Private companies over Public companies.
Chef Jobs By Sector
Top Industries Hiring Chefs
Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ Chefs. Those industries include Hospitality, Retail and Manufacturing.
Chef Turnover And Employment Statistics
Chef Unemployment Rate Over Time
The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of Chefs changed.
- Unemployment rate
Chef Unemployment Rate By Year
|Year||Chef Unemployment Rate|
The Average Number of Years That Chef Stay in a Job
By looking over 53,484 Chefs resumes, we figured out that the average Chef enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 36%.
Less than one year
|Number or Years||Percentages|
|Less than 1 year||28%|
Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Chefs with Other Job Titles
After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to Chefs.
|Job Title||LGBT||Job Openings|
|Tea Room Manager||8.43%||61,637|
Foreign Languages Spoken By Chefs
The most common foreign language among Chefs is Spanish at 48.5%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 14.9% and Italian is the third-most popular at 10.4%.
- Spanish, 48.5%
- French, 14.9%
- Italian, 10.4%
- German, 3.9%
- Japanese, 3.2%
- Other, 19.1%
Chef Languages Spoken