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Chef salary in United States

How much does a Chef make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $18.36
Low $10.65
High $31.64
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a chef is $18.36 per hour in the United States. 10.3k salaries reported, updated at November 29, 2023

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Top companies for Chefs in United States

  1. CocuSocial
    6 reviews144 salaries reported
    $24.06per hour
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Highest paying cities for Chefs near United States

  1. New York, NY
    $32.81 per hour
    324 salaries reported
  2. Seattle, WA
    $26.74 per hour
    66 salaries reported
  3. San Diego, CA
    $26.54 per hour
    73 salaries reported
  1. Philadelphia, PA
    $25.23 per hour
    138 salaries reported
  2. Las Vegas, NV
    $24.42 per hour
    67 salaries reported
  3. Atlanta, GA
    $23.98 per hour
    80 salaries reported
  1. Chicago, IL
    $23.94 per hour
    114 salaries reported
  2. Los Angeles, CA
    $22.52 per hour
    82 salaries reported
  3. Denver, CO
    $21.38 per hour
    75 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?

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Average $17.32 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Chef

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