Average Base Pay
23.8% above national average
Additional Cash Compensation
A person in an entry-level Chefs and Head Cooks role with under one year of job experience can expect to make an average annual salary of $34,300. A Chefs and Head Cooks candidate with 1-4 years of experience makes an average total salary of $40,790. A person in a mid-career Chefs and Head Cooks role with 5-9 years of experience makes an average salary of $49,510 a year. Chefs and Head Cooks with 10 or more years of experience make an average of $58,260. In their late career (over 20 years of experience), a person in a Chefs and Head Cooks role’s annual salary averages $64,030 per year.
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While certifications are not required for every Chefs and Head Cooks position, they can certainly increase your salary and lead to an easier recruitment process when applying to enterprises that favor candidates with additional certifications.
The current Bureau of Labor Statistics states the salary is $49,510 higher than the national average for Chefs and Head Cooks positions.
Yes, there is strong potential for promotion — either with an additional educational degree or with continued years of experience. There are a multitude of other positions Chefs and Head Cooks roles that can advance both internally and with another company.