Updated August 22, 2022

Average Sous Chef Salary

$48,716yearly

$23.42 hourly

Entry level Salary
$33,000 yearly
$33,000
10 %
$48,716
Median
$70,000
90 %

How much does a Sous Chef make?

Sous chefs make $48,716 per year on average, or $23.42 per hour, in the United States. Sous chefs on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $33,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $70,000.

Location impacts how much a sous chef can expect to make. Sous chefs make the most in Hawaii, New Jersey, California, Massachusetts, and Nevada.

Highest Paying States For Sous Chefs

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

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Sous Chef average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Nevada$54,340$26.1371
2Hawaii$70,943$34.1112
3District of Columbia$55,632$26.7567
4Massachusetts$55,116$26.50152
5Alaska$50,364$24.2161
6California$58,125$27.94424
7New Jersey$67,942$32.6690
8Texas$47,953$23.05427
9North Dakota$48,678$23.4016
10Washington$53,403$25.6798
11New York$52,890$25.43227
12Wyoming$45,496$21.8718
13Rhode Island$53,924$25.9314
14Pennsylvania$48,695$23.41157
15New Hampshire$46,813$22.5136
16Arizona$45,879$22.06194
17Georgia$45,771$22.01232
18Illinois$51,258$24.64128
19Virginia$48,014$23.08190
20North Carolina$45,147$21.71195
21Florida$45,541$21.89449
22Michigan$43,845$21.08141
23Oklahoma$44,939$21.6144
24Maryland$50,508$24.2882
25Oregon$47,260$22.7248
26Colorado$44,173$21.24132
27Indiana$42,080$20.23116
28Maine$43,764$21.0418
29Alabama$43,319$20.8357
30Tennessee$40,242$19.35113
31Minnesota$42,127$20.25110
32Montana$40,252$19.3544
33South Carolina$40,090$19.2789
34Missouri$41,980$20.1880
35Connecticut$42,688$20.5252
36Ohio$40,210$19.33120
37Delaware$43,560$20.9413
38Arkansas$41,234$19.8219
39New Mexico$41,502$19.959
40Utah$37,204$17.8987
41South Dakota$39,869$19.1710
42Mississippi$37,889$18.2242
43Louisiana$38,780$18.6440
44Idaho$38,212$18.3727
45West Virginia$38,677$18.5915
46Nebraska$38,856$18.6826
47Kentucky$38,245$18.3939
48Wisconsin$37,869$18.2174
49Iowa$37,929$18.2433
50Vermont$36,850$17.729
51Kansas$35,573$17.1016

Highest Paying Cities For Sous Chefs

Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Atlantic City, NJ$67,560$32.48
2San Francisco, CA$59,531$28.62
3Washington, DC$55,672$26.77
4Boston, MA$55,053$26.47
5Las Vegas, NV$54,323$26.12
6Seattle, WA$53,706$25.82
7New York, NY$53,085$25.52
8Chicago, IL$51,353$24.69
9Philadelphia, PA$49,301$23.70
10McLean, VA$48,986$23.55
11Austin, TX$48,365$23.25
12Portland, OR$46,945$22.57
13Miami, FL$46,356$22.29
14Columbus, GA$46,046$22.14
15Phoenix, AZ$45,921$22.08

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. Atlantic City, NJ
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Washington, DC
  4. Boston, MA
  5. Las Vegas, NV

Sous Chef Salary Details

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

What is a Sous Chef's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$70,000$5,833$34
75th Percentile$59,000$4,917$28
Average$48,716$4,060$23
25th Percentile$40,000$3,333$19
10th Percentile$33,000$2,750$16

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Cook$31,803$2,650$15.29184,818
Food Service Coordinator$32,085$2,674$15.4379,537
Line Cook$32,895$2,741$15.81168,993
Chef De Cuisine$51,926$4,327$24.9618,300
Chef De Partie$39,938$3,328$19.2018,913
Chef/Catering$47,693$3,974$22.9320,512

Which Companies Pay Sous Chefs The Most?

The highest paying companies for sous chefs are RH and Apple according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Baptist Health and Club report highly competitive wages for sous chefs.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1RH$80,048$38.4827
2Apple$70,686$33.98
3Baptist Health$66,698$32.07
4Club$62,513$30.05108
5Hca Hospital Services Of San Diego$61,273$29.462
6Bertucci's$61,168$29.413
7SL Green Realty$60,564$29.12
8JPMorgan Chase & Co.$60,355$29.021
9Bay Head Yacht Club$59,596$28.65
10Sprenger Health Care System$59,551$28.63
11Aspen Snowmass$59,518$28.615
12Kohler Co.$59,437$28.588
13The Halal Guys$59,253$28.49
14BKD LLP$58,553$28.15
15bartaco$58,489$28.128
16Norman Regional Health System$58,478$28.11
17J.F. Shea Co$58,473$28.1110
18Goodwin Recruiting$58,420$28.09639
19Resorts World Catskills$58,305$28.032
20Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise$58,214$27.993

How Much Do Sous Chefs Make In Different Industries?

Here are some examples of how much a sous chef salaries can based on different industries:

  1. The government industry pays sous chefs an average salary of $52,076

  2. The hospitality industry pay $48,600

  3. The lowest paying industry for sous chefs is the retail industry. Sous chefs in this industry earn an average salary of $40,995

Highest Paying Industries For Sous Chefs

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Government$52,076$25.04
2Hospitality$48,600$23.37
3Manufacturing$44,244$21.27
4Retail$40,995$19.71

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Sous Chef Salary Trends

The salary for a sous chef can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Average Sous Chef Salary Over Time

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

    Sous Chef Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$48,700$23.42+3.5%
    2021$47,000$22.61+6.0%
    2020$44,200$21.26+5.2%
    2019$41,900$20.16+6.0%
    2018$39,400$18.95+3.9%

    Recently Added Sous Chef Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    DoordashSous ChefRedwood City, CA07/26/2022$41,740
    Remote In Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaFood Court Sous ChefPlainville, MA07/26/2022$50,000
    Remote In Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaSous Chef-Phat TAISaint Louis, MO07/26/2022$47,500
    Remote In Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaSous ChefCouncil Bluffs, IA07/26/2022$46,000
    Remote In Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaSous ChefYork, PA07/26/2022$45,000
    Chartwells Higher EducationChef, Sous-HourlyReno, NV07/26/2022$48,001
    Brookdale Senior LivingSous ChefWest Hartford, CT07/26/2022$36,105
    Chartwells Higher EducationChef, Sous-Hourly(Full &Fayetteville, AR07/26/2022$25,044
    Remote In Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaSous Chef-FiresideBlack Hawk, CO07/26/2022$45,000
    ISSSous ChefBoulder, CO07/26/2022$49,566

    Sous Chef Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Sous Chefs the most?

    Hawaii pays Sous Chefs the most in the United States, with an average salary of $70,943 per year, or $34.11 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Sous Chef?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Sous Chef if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in New Jersey you should be paid close to $67,942 per year.

    What type of Sous Chef gets paid the most?

    Executive Chef gets paid the most. Executive Chef made a median salary of $59,416. The best-paid 10 percent make $72,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $48,000.

    What is a good starting salary for a Sous Chef?

    A good starting salary for a sous chef is $32,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for a sous chef in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for sous chefs is $48,132, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for a sous chef can vary by state.

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