Updated August 22, 2022

Average Executive Chef Salary

$59,416yearly

$28.57 hourly

Entry level Salary
$40,000 yearly
$40,000
10 %
$59,416
Median
$87,000
90 %

How much does an Executive Chef make?

Executive chefs make $59,416 per year on average, or $28.57 per hour, in the United States. Executive chefs on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $40,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $87,000.

Location impacts how much an executive chef can expect to make. Executive chefs make the most in Hawaii, California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Delaware.

Highest Paying States For Executive Chefs

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

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Average Salary:

Executive Chef average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Massachusetts$69,572$33.451,103
2Nevada$68,037$32.71246
3New Jersey$71,960$34.60814
4Delaware$68,673$33.02133
5Vermont$66,440$31.9492
6Washington$66,492$31.97894
7Rhode Island$68,299$32.84112
8Hawaii$79,287$38.1266
9Pennsylvania$63,137$30.351,017
10Illinois$61,401$29.521,390
11Texas$58,441$28.102,521
12North Dakota$58,094$27.9397
13California$72,275$34.75432
14Virginia$60,188$28.941,128
15New Hampshire$60,679$29.17148
16Maryland$64,324$30.93545
17Maine$60,280$28.98112
18West Virginia$59,316$28.52113
19North Carolina$58,356$28.06875
20District of Columbia$69,287$33.3171
21Missouri$56,537$27.18583
22Michigan$57,838$27.81645
23Florida$56,026$26.941,685
24Georgia$54,989$26.441,081
25Arizona$52,572$25.27806
26Colorado$53,198$25.58816
27Oregon$59,619$28.6652
28Kansas$55,139$26.51255
29Tennessee$52,267$25.13555
30New York$60,858$29.26203
31Ohio$53,074$25.52864
32Mississippi$55,308$26.59150
33New Mexico$55,685$26.77124
34Minnesota$52,267$25.13664
35Indiana$52,937$25.45532
36Alabama$50,713$24.38377
37Connecticut$49,290$23.70384
38South Carolina$50,401$24.23385
39Utah$44,533$21.41418
40Alaska$44,759$21.52103
41Nebraska$49,532$23.81189
42Montana$44,783$21.53153
43Wisconsin$48,017$23.09518
44Arkansas$46,609$22.41254
45Oklahoma$50,526$24.29231
46Louisiana$48,321$23.23272
47Wyoming$33,638$16.1777
48Idaho$45,142$21.70151
49Kentucky$47,035$22.61246
50Iowa$45,389$21.82267
51South Dakota$42,881$20.6268

Highest Paying Cities For Executive Chefs

Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1San Francisco, CA$75,757$36.42
2Boston, MA$69,553$33.44
3Washington, DC$69,347$33.34
4Las Vegas, NV$67,885$32.64
5Seattle, WA$66,827$32.13
6Baltimore, MD$64,584$31.05
7Philadelphia, PA$63,722$30.64
8Chicago, IL$61,621$29.63
9New York, NY$61,084$29.37
10Arlington, VA$60,941$29.30
11Portland, ME$60,732$29.20
12Houston, TX$59,273$28.50
13Portland, OR$59,011$28.37
14Miami, FL$57,860$27.82
15Saint Louis, MO$56,844$27.33

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. Boston, MA
  3. Washington, DC
  4. Las Vegas, NV
  5. Seattle, WA

Executive Chef Salary Details

Average Executive Chef Salary Graph
Average Executive Chef Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is an Executive Chef's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$87,000$7,250$42
75th Percentile$72,000$6,000$35
Average$59,416$4,951$29
25th Percentile$48,000$4,000$23
10th Percentile$40,000$3,333$19

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Front Of House Manager$41,163$3,430$19.79221,210
Chef/Kitchen Manager$49,415$4,118$23.7638,242
Food And Beverage Supervisor$38,335$3,195$18.4361,726
Food Service Coordinator$32,085$2,674$15.4379,537
Chef De Cuisine$51,926$4,327$24.9618,300
Chef De Partie$39,938$3,328$19.2018,913

Which Companies Pay Executive Chefs The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Bridgewater Associates and RH are the highest paying companies for executive chefs.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Bridgewater Associates$118,651$57.04
2RH$107,299$51.5927
3The Osborn$93,152$44.78
4Neiman Marcus Group$88,082$42.354
5Stanford University$86,286$41.4820
6Hca Hospital Services Of San Diego$85,811$41.266
72k$84,378$40.571
8Club$83,966$40.37100
9Sun-Mar$83,725$40.25
10Norman Regional Health System$82,594$39.71
11Baptist Health Care$82,484$39.664
12Cornell University$82,419$39.62
13St. Jude Children's Research Hospital$82,159$39.502
14P.F. Chang's China Bistro$82,067$39.46
15The Next Level$80,130$38.52
16GPAC$79,824$38.38308
17Memorial Healthcare$79,024$37.99
18Resorts World Catskills$78,419$37.702
19Tenet Healthcare$78,327$37.662
20J.F. Shea Co$78,208$37.6011

Executive Chef Salary Trends

Average Executive Chef Salary Over Time

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

    Executive Chef Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$59,400$28.57+3.5%
    2021$57,400$27.58+6.0%
    2020$53,900$25.93+5.2%
    2019$51,100$24.59+6.0%
    2018$48,100$23.11+3.9%

    Recently Added Executive Chef Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Remote In Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaExecutive ChefJoliet, IL07/26/2022$90,000
    Omni Hotels & ResortsExecutive ChefBroomfield, CO07/26/2022$115,000
    SodexoCatering Executive Chef 1New Britain, CT07/26/2022$60,000
    HHSExecutive ChefLombard, IL07/26/2022$60,000
    Remote In Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaExecutive Sous ChefRiverside, MO07/26/2022$72,000
    Gecko HospitalityExecutive ChefBozeman, MT07/25/2022$100,000
    La Pecora Bianca-UESExecutive Sous ChefNew York, NY07/25/2022$85,000
    Shark Bar and KitchenSous Chef/Executive ChefWrightsville Beach, NC07/25/2022$33,392
    Wonder CareersSenior Sous Chef/Executive Sous Chef, Research & DevelopmentParsippany-Troy Hills, NJ07/25/2022$85,000
    Affinity Gaming Finance CorpExecutive ChefSparks, NV07/25/2022$75,000

    Executive Chef Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Executive Chefs the most?

    Hawaii pays Executive Chefs the most in the United States, with an average salary of $79,287 per year, or $38.12 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as an Executive Chef?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as an Executive Chef if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in California you should be paid close to $72,275 per year.

    What type of Executive Chef gets paid the most?

    Chef Manager gets paid the most. Chef Manager made a median salary of $53,470. The best-paid 10 percent make $65,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $43,000.

    What is a good starting salary for an Executive Chef?

    A good starting salary for an executive chef is $39,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for an executive chef in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for executive chefs is $57,872, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for an executive chef can vary by state.

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