Head Chef Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 19, 2020
$37,000
$20,000
Min 10%
$37,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
P&G
Highest Paying City
Edison, NJ
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Average Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does a head chef make?
Head Chefs in America make, on average, $37,748 a year or $18.15 per hour. The top 10 percent make over $68,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent make under $20,000 per year. Employers that have the highest concentration of job opportunities for Head Chefs are Hospitality companies and Construction companies. New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin are some of the states with the best Head Chef salaries in the US. The typical tenure for a Head Chef is 3.2 years.
Annual Salaries For Related Jobs
Chef
$40,263
Sous Chef
$39,172
Line Chef
$30,105

Average Head Chef Salary By Location

Head Chefs in the United States of America make on average $37,748 a year or $18.15 per hour. Edison, NJ reports the highest Head Chef salaries at $58,957 per year. Even as an entry-level Head Chef, you will make $36,000 per year in Edison, NJ. The top 5 states with the highest reported Head Chef salaries are New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. The lowest earning states are Montana, Nebraska, Utah, South Carolina, and Mississippi.

Map of Head Chef Salaries

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

Average Salary:

Average Head Chef Salary By Company

There is good job security in Head Chef positions. Some industries offer better pay and benefit packages than others. The most abundant employment opportunities for Head Chefs are in Hospitality companies and Construction companies. Companies like P&G or Daniel will get you the highest pay packages. Also, companies like Yamato and Texas Money Exchange pay their Head Chefs very well.

Average Head Chef Pay By Industry

Wages for Head Chefs can differ based on the industry they work in. Our data shows that Insurance companies, Retail companies, and Manufacturing companies tend to have the highest salaries for Head Chefs. Salaries for Head Chefs in Insurance companies average $48,937 annually, while Retail companies and Manufacturing companies pay $40,691 and $40,532, respectively. The average salary for Head Chefs in the Hospitality industry is lower than the rest, coming in at $36,042.
Industry
Average Salary
Insurance
Insurance
$48,937
$49k
Retail
Retail
$40,691
$41k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$40,532
$41k
Health Care
Health Care
$40,396
$40k
Hospitality
Hospitality
$36,042
$36k

Head Chef Salary History

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

National Average
Ashburn, VA

Recently Added Head Chef Salaries

CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
Gecko Hospitality
Gecko Hospitality
Head Chef
Head Chef
04/26/2020
04/26/2020
$60,000
$60,000
Gecko Hospitality
Gecko Hospitality
Head Chef
Head Chef
02/27/2020
02/27/2020
$60,000
$60,000
Goodwin Recruiting
Goodwin Recruiting
Head Chef
Head Chef
01/22/2020
01/22/2020
$52,175
$52,175
Fresa's 9Th & Lamar
Fresa's 9Th & Lamar
Head Chef
Head Chef
12/31/2019
12/31/2019
$50,000
$50,000
Red Rabbit
Red Rabbit
Head Chef
Head Chef
12/28/2019
12/28/2019
$50,000
$50,000
Head Chef
Head Chef
11/30/2019
11/30/2019
$100,000
$100,000
Gecko Hospitality
Gecko Hospitality
Head Chef
Head Chef
10/16/2019
10/16/2019
$60,000
$60,000
Wisconsin State Government
Wisconsin State Government
Head Chef
Head Chef
09/26/2019
09/26/2019
$51,376
$51,376
Himalayan Group, Inc.
Himalayan Group, Inc.
Head Chef
Head Chef
07/19/2019
07/19/2019
$49,899
$49,899
Thai & Go LLC
Thai & Go LLC
Head Chef Thai
Head Chef Thai
07/10/2019
07/10/2019
$33,392
$33,392