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Chef Salary

How Much Does a Chef Make in the United States?

The average base salary for a Chef in the United States is a month or $60,210 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Average Chef Base Salary:

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The average wage for a Chef is per hour, before tips.

Tipping policies for Chefs vary among restaurants.

Some establishments allow Chefs to participate in tipping pools, while others do not.

Given the varied tipping policies, it’s advisable to inquire about the specific practices of the restaurant you intend to work for to maximize your earnings.

Annual Mean Wage of Chefs by State

[The latest data collected from BLS and the labor/employment departments of the respective states]

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Chef Salary in Major US Cities

Miami

Annual mean wage

$59,600

# of employees

14,270

Projected growth

35.5%

New York City

Annual mean wage

$85,550

# of employees

4,910

Projected growth

98.3%

Chicago

Annual mean wage

$64,990

# of employees

6,760

Projected growth

31.5%

Los Angeles

Annual mean wage

$72,664

# of employees

19,790

Projected growth

49%

[Sources: BLS; New York State Department of Labor; Illinois Department of Employment Security; California Employment Development Department]

 

High-Paying Cities for Chefs

CityAvg SalaryAvg Hourly Wage
Chicago, IL64,99031.25
Los Angeles, CA72,66434.93
Miami, FL59,60028.65
NYC, NY85,55041.13

Average Chef Salary by State

Explore the average Chef salary by state.

StateAvg. Salary
Alabama$66,031
Alaska$59,170
Arizona$64,910
Arkansas$57,060
California$72,119
Colorado$65,200
Connecticut$65,054
Delaware$62,441
Florida$58,864
Georgia$57,520
Hawaii$83,600
Idaho$42,265
Illinois$62,850
Indiana$50,710
Iowa$50,690
Kansas$52,150
Kentucky$50,960
Louisiana$42,810
Maine$55,950
Maryland$59,130
Massachusetts$72,780
Michigan$56,250
Minnesota$53,550
Mississippi$40,290
Missouri$55,410
Montana$48,310
Nebraska$51,713
Nevada$56,850
New Hampshire$64,500
New Jersey$67,855
New Mexico$57,860
New York$79,372
North Carolina$58,850
North Dakota$56,650
Ohio$50,640
Oklahoma$48,980
Oregon$57,524
Pennsylvania$61,660
Rhode Island$81,070
South Carolina$53,970
South Dakota$45,740
Tennessee$57,420
Texas$48,402
Utah$54,800
Vermont$54,670
Virginia$53,420
Washington$66,330
West Virginia$57,246
Wisconsin$55,310
Wyoming$57,989
District of Columbia$70,950

How Much Do Similar Careers to Chefs Get Paid?

On average, Chefs earn more than Sous Chefs, but less than Private Chefs and Executive Chefs.

Job TitleAverage Salary
Sous Chef
Private Chef
Executive Chef

Labor Laws and Taxes for Chefs

As a Chef, you need to be aware of the minimum wage, tipped wage credit, overtime pay and leave policies in your state.

Check out the guides below or view more labor laws:

To easily calculate federal, state and local taxes in your state, use our free Paycheck Calculator.

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