CHEF SALARY

Average Yearly Salary
$43,000
$27,000
Min 10%
$43,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Carnival Cruise Line
Highest Paying City
Seattle, WA
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Average Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a chef make?
Chefs in America make an average salary of $43,680 per year or $21.0 per hour. The top 10 percent make over $70,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent make under $27,000 per year. Hospitality companies and Professional companies have the most job opportunities for Chefs. The top 5 states when it comes to Chef salaries are New Jersey, Washington, Delaware, New York, and Maryland. The typical employment for a Chef is 2.6 years.
Annual Salaries For Related Jobs
Sous Chef
$51,824
Head Chef
$49,140
Line Chef
$35,102

Average Chef Salary By Company

If you are a Chef, you can expect good job security. However, keep in mind that some industries pay better than others. Hospitality companies and Professional companies have the most job opportunities for Chefs. Carnival Cruise Line and Compass Diversified Holdings are the highest paying companies. If you can find a job at a company like Mission Regional Medical Center or Grand Hotel, they also offer very competitive salaries to their Chefs.

Average Chef Salary By Location

The national average salary for a Chef in the USA is $43,680 annually or $21.0 hourly. The top city when it comes to Chef salaries is Seattle, WA at $50,584 per year. The average starting salary in Seattle, WA for Chefs is $32,000. New Jersey, Washington, Delaware, New York, and Maryland are the states with the highest payscale for Chefs. On the other hand, Michigan, North Dakota, California, Arizona, and Vermont report the lowest wages for Chefs.
RankCityAverage Salary
1
Seattle, WA
$50,584
2
New York, NY
$50,265
3
Edison, NJ
$50,243
4
Philadelphia, PA
$50,086
5
Baltimore, MD
$49,420

Average Chef Salary By Industry

The type of industry that a Chef works in can influence their earning potential. By looking at our data, we can see that Retail companies, Hospitality companies, and Health Care companies pay their Chefs well. Salaries for Chefs in Retail companies average $45,558 annually, while Hospitality companies and Health Care companies pay $43,824 and $42,984, respectively. The average salary for Chefs in the Professional industry is lower than the rest, coming in at $40,794.
RankIndustryAverage Salary
1
Retail
$45,558
2
Hospitality
$43,824
3
Health Care
$42,984
4
Professional
$40,794

RECENTLY ADDED Chef SALARIES

Company
Job
Location
Date Added
Salary
10/30/2019
$25,044
Inter-Connect Employment Services
Chef
10/30/2019
$29,218
10/29/2019
$31,305
10/23/2019
$40,000
10/19/2019
$35,479
LGO Hospitality
Chef
10/18/2019
$100,000
Gecko Hospitality
Chef
10/14/2019
$100,000
Gecko Hospitality
Chef
10/11/2019
$50,000
09/30/2019
$41,740
Gecko Hospitality (Corporate)
Chef
Irvine, CA
09/30/2019
$80,000
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