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How much does a Chef make in the United States?

Average base salary
4k salaries reported, updated at May 28, 2020
per hour
The average salary for a chef is $15.01 per hour in the United States.
Most common benefits
  • Referral program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Vision insurance
  • Dental insurance

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What does a Chef do?

A chef is a high-skilled professional who oversees the food production in a number of settings including restaurants, hotels and cruise ships. Duties of a chef may include overseeing kitchen staff, creating meals, planning menus, managing kitchen inventories and determining the cost of each plate of food. Chefs must be knowledgeable is various domains including customer service, food preparation, public safety and the management of people.

Working as a Chef

As a chef, you may:

  • Supervise the preparation of food and ensure garnishing and presentation is up to par
  • Manage inventory and place orders for food and kitchen supplies according to the budget
  • Oversee kitchen staff, work develop the skills of the kitchen employees and manage kitchen staff scheduling
  • Develop daily, weekly or monthly menus
  • Create meals that suit the customers' or clients' food preferences and cater to any allergies
Frequently asked questions
Common questions about being a Chef

What is a sous-chef?

A sous-chef is second in command in the kitchen. They work underneath the head chef. They are in charge when the head chef is unavailable, organizing the kitchen and supplies and supervising food preparation.

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What are the physical challenges of being a chef?

Chefs spend most of their workdays on their feet in hot conditions. Additionally, they work with sharp knives and hot stoves, so cuts and burns are common.

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What are the job prospects for chefs?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is projected to grow 11% between 2018 and 2028, much faster than the general job market.

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