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Sous Chef Salary

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

The average base salary for a Sous Chef in the United States is a month or $56,013 per year, according to the most recent data averaged from Salary.com, Indeed and Glassdoor.

Average Sous Chef Base Salary:

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The average wage for a Sous Chef is per hour.

Sous Chefs’ compensation is usually salary-based. They rarely receive or share tips with the front-of-the-house staff.

Annual Mean Wage of Sous Chefs by State

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

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Sous 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 Salary.com, ZipRecruiter, Indeed, Glassdoor and Talent.com data]

High-Paying Cities for Sous Chefs

CityAvg SalaryAvg Hourly Wage
NYC, NY67,50332.45
Los Angeles, CA62,95430.27
Chicago, IL58,63828.19
Miami, FL60,15128.92

Average Sous Chef Salary by State

Explore the average Sous Chef salary by state.

StateAvg. Salary
Alabama$ 50,790
Alaska$ 54,924
Arizona$ 52,153
Arkansas$ 43,845
California$ 61,531
Colorado$ 54,364
Connecticut$ 51,834
Delaware$ 53,590
Florida$ 49,708
Georgia$ 51,294
Hawaii$ 58,434
Idaho$ 51,927
Illinois$ 54,869
Indiana$ 51,798
Iowa$ 49,244
Kansas$ 48,777
Kentucky$ 47,945
Louisiana$ 49,687
Maine$ 53,525
Maryland$ 54,498
Massachusetts$ 59,018
Michigan$ 48,239
Minnesota$ 54,106
Mississippi$ 45,837
Missouri$ 49,482
Montana$ 50,155
Nebraska$ 49,458
Nevada$ 53,498
New Hampshire$ 53,831
New Jersey$ 57,150
New Mexico$ 51,036
New York$ 61,386
North Carolina$ 50,597
North Dakota$ 52,283
Ohio$ 51,207
Oklahoma$ 46,502
Oregon$ 53,577
Pennsylvania$ 53,396
Rhode Island$ 56,038
South Carolina$ 50,502
South Dakota$ 49,853
Tennessee$ 51,086
Texas$ 54,863
Utah$ 48,546
Vermont$ 53,391
Virginia$ 52,916
Washington$ 62,578
West Virginia$ 45,863
Wisconsin$ 52,516
Wyoming$ 53,206
District of Columbia$ 63,015

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

Sous Chefs earn more than Prep Cooks and Line Cooks but slightly less than Sushi Chefs.

Job TitleAverage Salary
Prep Cook
Line Cook
Sushi Chef

Labor Laws and Taxes for Sous Chefs

As a Sous 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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