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Private Chef Salary

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

The average base salary for a Private Chef in the United States is a month or $85,447 per year, according to the most recent data averaged from Glassdoor, Indeed and Salary.com.

Average Private Chef Base Salary:
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The average wage for a Private Chef is per hour.

Annual Mean Wage of Private Chefs by State

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

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Private 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 Private Chefs

CityAvg SalaryAvg Hourly Wage
NYC, NY102,23749.15
Miami, FL84,45740.6
Los Angeles, CA109,52952.66
Chicago, IL90,50643.51

Average Private Chef Salary by State

Explore the average Private Chef salary by state.

StateAvg. Salary
Alabama$ 74,395
Alaska$ 98,135
Arizona$ 92,578
Arkansas$ 75,974
California$ 95,855
Colorado$ 84,769
Connecticut$ 93,466
Delaware$ 74,419
Florida$ 72,646
Georgia$ 73,929
Hawaii$ 92,317
Idaho$ 72,910
Illinois$ 86,204
Indiana$ 97,160
Iowa$ 89,173
Kansas$ 76,866
Kentucky$ 73,965
Louisiana$ 70,161
Maine$ 69,053
Maryland$ 80,393
Massachusetts$ 85,400
Michigan$ 76,528
Minnesota$ 79,449
Mississippi$ 86,246
Missouri$ 75,081
Montana$ 77,221
Nebraska$ 87,369
Nevada$ 90,775
New Hampshire$ 86,781
New Jersey$ 96,514
New Mexico$ 70,041
New York$ 101,948
North Carolina$ 69,570
North Dakota$ 93,371
Ohio$ 80,481
Oklahoma$ 68,545
Oregon$ 81,939
Pennsylvania$ 92,588
Rhode Island$ 78,503
South Carolina$ 68,014
South Dakota$ 88,492
Tennessee$ 73,314
Texas$ 81,448
Utah$ 80,248
Vermont$ 76,720
Virginia$ 90,330
Washington$ 76,953
West Virginia$ 66,451
Wisconsin$ 80,297
Wyoming$ 82,084
District of Columbia$ 87,652

How Much Do Similar Careers to Private Chefs Get Paid?

On average, Private Chefs in the U.S. make more than regular Chefs, Head Chefs and Executive Chefs.

Check the list of job positions below for detailed pay ranges for professions similar to Private Chefs:

Job TitleAverage Salary
Head Chef
Executive Chef

Labor Laws and Taxes for Private Chefs

As a Private 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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