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Chef salary in United States

How much does a Chef make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $18.22
Low $11.56
High $28.71
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a chef is $18.22 per hour in the United States. 7.5k salaries reported, updated at December 1, 2022

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Top companies for Chefs in United States

  1. OTG
    812 reviews5 salaries reported
    $40.05per hour
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Highest paying cities for Chefs near United States

  1. New York, NY
    $30.25 per hour
    324 salaries reported
  2. Miami, FL
    $26.73 per hour
    113 salaries reported
  3. Philadelphia, PA
    $24.47 per hour
    90 salaries reported
  1. Los Angeles, CA
    $23.83 per hour
    94 salaries reported
  2. Chicago, IL
    $23.33 per hour
    83 salaries reported
  3. Denver, CO
    $20.72 per hour
    111 salaries reported
  1. San Diego, CA
    $20.50 per hour
    45 salaries reported
  2. Atlanta, GA
    $18.98 per hour
    58 salaries reported
  3. Las Vegas, NV
    $16.39 per hour
    46 salaries reported
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Where can a Chef earn more?

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Most common benefits for Chefs

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Commuter assistance
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Food provided
  • Free parking
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid time off
  • Paid training
  • Parental leave
  • Pet insurance
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 12,919 ratings

45% of Chefs in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Line Cook

162,998 job openings

Average $16.72 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Chef

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