Chef Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 19, 2020
$40,000
$28,000
Min 10%
$40,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
H-E-B
Highest Paying City
Edison, NJ
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 $40,263 per year or $19.36 per hour. The top 10 percent make over $57,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent make under $28,000 per year. Hospitality companies and Health Care companies have the most job opportunities for Chefs. The top 5 states when it comes to Chef salaries are New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Rhode Island. The typical employment for a Chef is 2.6 years.
Annual Salaries For Related Jobs
Sous Chef
$39,172
Head Chef
$37,748
Line Chef
$30,105

Average Chef Salary By Location

The national average salary for a Chef in the USA is $40,263 annually or $19.36 hourly. The top city when it comes to Chef salaries is Edison, NJ at $56,933 per year. The average starting salary in Edison, NJ for Chefs is $37,000. New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Rhode Island are the states with the highest payscale for Chefs. On the other hand, Ohio, Alaska, Nebraska, South Carolina, and Mississippi report the lowest wages for Chefs.

Map of Chef Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Chefs earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary:

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 Health Care companies have the most job opportunities for Chefs. H-E-B and Wipro are the highest paying companies. If you can find a job at a company like Facebook or Hourglass Holdings, they also offer very competitive salaries to their Chefs.

Average Chef Pay 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, Health Care companies, and Hospitality companies pay their Chefs well. Salaries for Chefs in Retail companies average $43,307 annually, while Health Care companies and Hospitality companies pay $43,055 and $39,909, respectively. The average salary for Chefs in the Manufacturing industry is lower than the rest, coming in at $38,589.
Industry
Average Salary
Retail
Retail
$43,307
$43k
Health Care
Health Care
$43,055
$43k
Hospitality
Hospitality
$39,909
$40k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$38,589
$39k

Chef Salary History

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

National Average
Ashburn, VA

Recently Added Chef Salaries

Company
Job
Location
Date Added
Salary
Gecko Hospitality
Chef
04/26/2020
$100,000
Chef ~ Fayetteville Area!
03/29/2020
$37,566
Chef-Onsite or Drop-Off
03/10/2020
$93,915
Chef
03/10/2020
$27,653
Chef
03/09/2020
$20,870
Sampling Chef I
03/06/2020
$35,479
Chef-(NO Late Nights)
03/06/2020
$34,916
Sampling Chef I
03/06/2020
$35,479
Chef +1
03/03/2020
$37,566
Gecko Hospitality
Chef
02/27/2020
$100,000
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