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Executive Chef Salary

How Much Does an Executive Chef Make in the United States?

The average base salary for an Executive Chef in the United States in 2024 is a month or $80,040 per year, according to the most recent data averaged from ZipRecruiter, Indeed and Talent.com.

Average Executive Chef Base Salary:

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$38.48
$38.48
38.48

The average wage for an Executive Chef is per hour.

Executive Chefs are typically excluded from tip pool distributions.

Their primary compensation comes in the form of a salary based on experience, skills and educational background.

Annual Mean Wage of Executive Chefs by State

[Calculated using Talent.com, Salary.com and Indeed data]

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Executive Chef Salary in Major US Cities

Miami

Annual mean wage

$89,396

New York City

Annual mean wage

$104,902

Chicago

Annual mean wage

$93,483

Los Angeles

Annual mean wage

$97,949

[Calculated using ZipRecruiter, Talent.com and Indeed data]

High-Paying Cities for Executive Chefs

CityAvg SalaryAvg Hourly Wage
Miami, FL89,39642.98
Los Angeles, CA97,94947.09
NYC, NY104,90250.43
Chicago, IL93,48344.94

Average Executive Chef Salary by State

Explore the average Executive Chef salary by state.

StateAvg. Salary
Alabama$75,675
Alaska$85,831
Arizona$79,796
Arkansas$72,871
California$94,842
Colorado$82,865
Connecticut$87,552
Delaware$76,930
Florida$82,023
Georgia$80,676
Hawaii$85,732
Idaho$78,272
Illinois$86,507
Indiana$77,464
Iowa$74,047
Kansas$73,596
Kentucky$76,024
Louisiana$77,786
Maine$79,868
Maryland$83,099
Massachusetts$90,617
Michigan$78,124
Minnesota$80,681
Mississippi$71,493
Missouri$76,309
Montana$73,928
Nebraska$78,508
Nevada$97,600
New Hampshire$79,361
New Jersey$88,970
New Mexico$76,460
New York$94,100
North Carolina$77,781
North Dakota$70,751
Ohio$78,146
Oklahoma$78,582
Oregon$79,018
Pennsylvania$81,826
Rhode Island$87,598
South Carolina$77,771
South Dakota$68,539
Tennessee$79,225
Texas$80,289
Utah$78,025
Vermont$79,656
Virginia$80,285
Washington$88,927
West Virginia$68,369
Wisconsin$79,242
Wyoming$81,094
District of Columbia$90,990

How Much Do Similar Careers to Executive Chefs Get Paid?

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

 

Job TitleAverage Salary
Head Chef
Personal Chef
Private Chef

Labor Laws and Taxes for Executive Chefs

As an Executive 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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