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Head Chef Salary

How Much Does a Head Chef Make in the United States?

The average base salary for a Head Chef in the United States is a month, or $73,632 per year, according to the most recent data averaged from ZipRecruiter, Talent.com, Indeed and Salary.com.

Average Head Chef Base Salary:

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The average wage for a Head Chef is per hour.

In most cases, Head Chefs do not receive tips. Tips are more commonly distributed among front-of-house staff, such as Servers and Bartenders.

Annual Mean Wage of Head Chefs by State

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

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Head Chef Salary in Major US Cities


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New York City

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Los Angeles

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[Calculated using Glassdoor, ZipRecruiter, Salary.com and Indeed data]

High-Paying Cities for Head Chefs

CityAvg SalaryAvg Hourly Wage
Los Angeles, CA81,14939.01
Chicago, IL60,13528.91
NYC, NY83,63140.21
Miami, FL71,67734.46

Average Head Chef Salary by State

Explore the average Head Chef salary by state.

StateAvg. Salary
Alabama$ 66,121
Alaska$ 75,491
Arizona$ 71,575
Arkansas$ 63,870
California$ 80,366
Colorado$ 75,229
Connecticut$ 75,214
Delaware$ 73,291
Florida$ 66,914
Georgia$ 68,263
Hawaii$ 74,201
Idaho$ 67,741
Illinois$ 71,018
Indiana$ 66,605
Iowa$ 67,200
Kansas$ 65,388
Kentucky$ 66,523
Louisiana$ 65,822
Maine$ 72,690
Maryland$ 70,679
Massachusetts$ 79,853
Michigan$ 66,919
Minnesota$ 73,225
Mississippi$ 67,102
Missouri$ 67,852
Montana$ 67,201
Nebraska$ 67,278
Nevada$ 73,059
New Hampshire$ 72,787
New Jersey$ 79,075
New Mexico$ 67,158
New York$ 81,503
North Carolina$ 67,821
North Dakota$ 69,275
Ohio$ 68,508
Oklahoma$ 65,795
Oregon$ 72,859
Pennsylvania$ 73,310
Rhode Island$ 73,393
South Carolina$ 67,812
South Dakota$ 67,067
Tennessee$ 67,163
Texas$ 70,347
Utah$ 68,869
Vermont$ 74,575
Virginia$ 70,165
Washington$ 81,295
West Virginia$ 59,076
Wisconsin$ 70,679
Wyoming$ 67,134
District of Columbia$ 83,446

How Much Do Similar Careers to a Head Chef Get Paid?

Head Chefs earn less than Executive Chefs, but more than Restaurant Managers and general Chefs on average.

Job TitleAverage Salary
Executive Chef
Restaurant Manager

Labor Laws and Taxes for Head Chefs

As a Head Chef, knowing the minimum wage, overtime pay and leave policies in your state could be beneficial.

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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