Head Chef Statistics and Facts in the US

Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for head 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 112,391 head chefs currently employed in the United States.
  • 20.1% of all head chefs are women, while only 76.5% are men.
  • The average age of an employed head chef is 39 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of head chefs is White (56.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (19.9%) and Black or African American (11.0%).
  • The majority of head chefs are located in NY, New York and IL, Chicago.
  • Head chefs are most in-demand in Phoenix, AZ.
  • Head chefs are paid an average annual salary of $44,181.
  • Edison, NJ pays an annual average wage of $64,260, the highest in the US.
  • Head chefs average starting salary is $27,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 93% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid head chefs earn as much as $71,000 or more.
  • Nevada is the best state for head chefs to live.
  • Head chefs are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Head Chef Statistics By Gender

Among head chefs, 20.1% of them are women compared to 76.5% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 76.5%
  • Female, 20.1%
  • Unknown, 3.4%
Job Title
GenderascdescPercentagesascdesc
Male
76.5%
Female
20.1%
Unknown
3.4%

Gender Pay Gap For Head Chef

Women Earn 93¢ For Every $1 Earned By Man

male-income
Male Income
$45,980
female-income
Female Income
$42,907

Head Chef Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the head chef position over time.

Male
Female
82%
79%
77%
74%
72%
69%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
YearascdescMaleascdescFemaleascdesc
2008
75.87%
24.13%
2009
76.07%
23.93%
2010
77.35%
22.65%
2011
76.77%
23.23%
2012
77.39%
22.61%
2013
76.16%
23.84%
2014
75.94%
24.06%
2015
75.50%
24.50%
2016
75.55%
24.45%
2017
74.87%
25.13%
2018
74.43%
25.57%

Head 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.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Lunchroom Monitor11%88%
Lunchroom Manager15%79%
Lunchroom Supervisor16%80%
Head Chef77%20%
Executive Chef83%13%
Chef De Cuisine86%11%
Corporate Executive Chef87%10%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Corporate Executive Chef
Chef De Cuisine
Executive Chef
Head Chef
Lunchroom Supervisor
Lunchroom Manager
Lunchroom Monitor
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Head Chef Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among head chefs is White, which makes up 56.3% of all head chefs. Comparatively, there are 19.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 11.0% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 56.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 19.9%
  • Black or African American, 11.0%
  • Asian, 9.1%
  • Unknown, 2.7%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.0%
Job Title
Head Chef RaceascdescPercentagesascdesc
White
56.3%
Hispanic or Latino
19.9%
Black or African American
11.0%
Asian
9.1%
Unknown
2.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native
1.0%

Head Chef Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among head chefs.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American
YearascdescWhiteascdescBlack or African AmericanascdescAsianascdescHispanic or Latinoascdesc
2010
57.86%
12.28%
9.87%
16.69%
2011
58.01%
12.85%
9.26%
16.38%
2012
58.02%
11.69%
9.31%
17.08%
2013
59.16%
11.92%
8.64%
16.47%
2014
57.80%
11.51%
9.73%
17.13%
2015
56.27%
11.16%
9.79%
18.89%
2016
57.77%
11.16%
9.40%
17.47%
2017
54.71%
10.73%
11.32%
19.32%
2018
56.31%
11.02%
9.11%
19.93%

Head Chef Wage Gap By Race

Unknown head chefs have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Asian head chefs have the lowest average salary at $42,696.
$46,000
$45,000
$44,000
$43,000
$42,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
Ethnicityascdesc
Salaryascdesc
Unknown$45,396
White$45,220
Black or African American$44,139
Asian$42,696
Hispanic or Latino$44,768

Average Age of a Head Chef

We determined the average age of head chefs based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female
RaceascdescMale AgeascdescFemale Ageascdesc
Unknown
37
32
White
36
38
Black or African American
40
41
Asian
43
45
Hispanic or Latino
37
39

Head Chef Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of head chef employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of head chefs is 40+ years old, which represents 45% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years


Head Chef YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
20-30 years
22%
30-40 years
33%
40+ years
45%

Types of Head Chef Degree Levels

Head Chef Wage Gap By Education

Head chefs with a Bachelors degree earn more than those without, at $50,660 annually. With a Associate degree, head chefs earn a median annual income of $49,774 compared to $47,736 for head chefs with an Masters degree.
$51,000
$50,000
$49,000
$48,000
$47,000
$46,000
$45,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
Educationascdesc
Salaryascdesc
High School Diploma or Less$45,980
Master's Degree$47,736
Bachelor's Degree$50,660
Some College/ Associate Degree$49,774

Head Chef Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ head chefs. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most head chefs is the hospitality industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire head chefs.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Company SizeascdescPercentagesascdesc
< 50 employees
11%
50 - 100 employees
2%
100 - 500 employees
17%
500 - 1,000 employees
12%
1,000 - 10,000 employees
27%
> 10,000 employees
30%

The Types Of Companies Head Chef Work In

Employees with the head chef job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most head chefs prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Education

Public

Private

Government

Company TypeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Education
1%
Public
15%
Private
82%
Government
1%

Top Industries Hiring Head Chefs

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ head chefs. Those industries include hospitality, retail and manufacturing.

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Hospitality

Retail

Manufacturing

Health Care

Fortune 500

IndustryascdescPercentagesascdesc
Hospitality
42%
Retail
11%
Manufacturing
7%
Health Care
6%
Fortune 500
6%
Non Profits
5%
Finance
3%
Technology
3%
Media
2%
Internet
2%
Transportation
2%
Government
2%
Construction
2%
Professional
2%
Telecommunication
1%
Start-up
1%
Insurance
1%
Real Estate
1%
Education
1%
Agriculture
1%
Energy
1%

Head Chef Turnover And Employment Statistics

Head 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 head chefs changed.

  • Unemployment rate
YearascdescHead Chef Unemployment Rateascdesc
2010
9.68%
2011
10.91%
2012
6.88%
2013
7.77%
2014
5.16%
2015
5.14%
2016
4.13%
2017
3.91%
2018
3.66%

The Average Number of Years That Head Chef Stay in a Job

By looking over 9,265 head chefs resumes, we figured out that the average head chef enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 37%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years


Number or YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
Less than 1 year
23%
1-2 years
37%
3-4 years
16%
5-7 years
13%
8-10 years
4%
11+ years
7%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Head 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 head chefs.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Dish Washer7.11%
Dining Room Server7.39%
Deli Cook8.79%
Server And Certified Trainer9.75%
Fast Food Worker11.55%
Head Chef14.60%
Playground Supervisor15.60%

ProfessionascdescPercentages of LGBT ascdesc
Dish Washer
7.11%
Dining Room Server
7.39%
Deli Cook
8.79%
Server And Certified Trainer
9.75%
Fast Food Worker
11.55%
Playground Supervisor
15.60%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Head Chefs

The most common foreign language among head chefs is Spanish at 39.4%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 15.4% and Italian is the third-most popular at 13.8%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 39.4%
  • French, 15.4%
  • Italian, 13.8%
  • Thai, 4.5%
  • Japanese, 4.5%
  • Other, 22.4%
Job Title
Foreign LanguageascdescPercentagesascdesc
Spanish
39.4%
French
15.4%
Italian
13.8%
Thai
4.5%
Japanese
4.5%
Other
22.4%

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Where Do Head Chefs Earn The Most?

The map here shows where head chefs earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Head Chefs Located?

By looking through more than 9,265 resumes, we found that the most popular places for head chefs are NY, New York and IL, Chicago.

Number of Head Chefs

Where Are Head Chefs In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country head chefs are in the most demand.

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