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How Much Does an Executive Chef Earn In The United States?

Executive Chef Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$55,000
$39,000
$55,000
$77,000
Executive chefs in the United States make an average salary of $55,139 per year or $26.51 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $39,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $77,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Hawaii, Washington, Delaware, Nevada, and Rhode Island provide the highest executive chef salaries.
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Where Executive Chefs Earn The Most

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

Average Salary

How Much Do Executive Chefs Earn In Different Cities?

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for an executive chef is roughly $55,139 per year, which boils down to $26.51 per hour. Interestingly enough, executive chefs have the highest salaries in Seattle, WA at about $74,208 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in Seattle, WA is $44,000. Additionally, executive chefs make more than the average salary in Las Vegas, NV, Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA, North Brunswick, NJ, and Philadelphia, PA. On a more broad level, executive chef salaries are highest in Hawaii, Washington, Delaware, Nevada, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. On the contrary, Utah, North Dakota, and Arizona offer the lowest executive chef salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary
Seattle, WA
Salary Range56k - 97k$74k$74,208
Las Vegas, NV
Salary Range51k - 89k$68k$67,718
Washington, DC
Salary Range50k - 84k$66k$65,575
San Francisco, CA
Salary Range44k - 79k$59k$59,388

North Brunswick, NJ

Salary Range45k - 76k$59k$58,863
Philadelphia, PA
Salary Range45k - 75k$59k$58,661
Arlington, VA
Salary Range45k - 74k$58k$58,131
Chicago, IL
Salary Range44k - 73k$57k$57,055
New York, NY
Salary Range42k - 72k$56k$55,622
Denver, CO
Salary Range42k - 68k$54k$54,189
$35k
$97k

High Paying Executive Chef Jobs

Which Companies Pay Executive Chefs The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Rockledge Hotel Properties and Ameristar Casino St. Charles as they offer the highest salaries for executive chefs.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Rockledge Hotel Properties
Salary Range86k - 101k$94k$93,779
Ameristar Casino St. Charles
Salary Range67k - 101k$83k$82,520
Caesars Entertainment
Salary Range61k - 90k$75k$74,759
M Resort Spa Casino
Salary Range55k - 82k$68k$68,106
Levy Restaurants
Salary Range54k - 69k$61k$61,303
The Baker Company
Salary Range54k - 68k$61k$61,054
Delaware North
Salary Range52k - 68k$60k$60,151
DNA
Salary Range53k - 65k$59k$59,249
Northwell Health
Salary Range54k - 63k$59k$58,592
Landry's
Salary Range54k - 63k$59k$58,513
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$101k

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Executive Chef Salary History

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    $37,566
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    Executive Chef
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    Lehi, UT
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    $55,000
    $55,000
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    $38,610
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    $85,000
    $85,000
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    01/26/2021
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    $65,000
    $65,000
    01/26/2021
    Gecko Hospitality
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    Executive Chef
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    Denver, CO
    Denver, CO
    01/26/2021
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    $80,000
    $80,000
    01/26/2021
    Gecko Hospitality
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    Executive Chef-High Profile
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    Alexandria, VA
    Alexandria, VA
    01/26/2021
    01/26/2021
    $105,000
    $105,000
    01/26/2021
    Executive Chef
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    Kansas City, MO
    Kansas City, MO
    01/21/2021
    01/21/2021
    $70,000
    $70,000
    01/21/2021
    Executive Chef
    Executive Chef
    Cope, SC
    Cope, SC
    01/20/2021
    01/20/2021
    $40,000
    $40,000
    01/20/2021