What is the average salary for a Culinary Chef?

Annual / Hourly

The average salary of a Culinary Chef is $46,620. Salaries start from $24,160 and go up to $74,240. Please note that the average salary for a Culinary Chef may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location. Our source, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, produces some of the United States most sensitive and important economic information, which is based on their strongest commitment to accuracy, quality and integrity.

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Highest

The top 10% of Culinary Chefs in United States earn:

$74,240
Senior

The top 25% of Culinary Chefs in United States earn:

$57,640
Experienced

The middle 50% of Culinary Chefs in United States earn:

$42,490
Junior

The bottom 25% of Culinary Chefs in United States earn:

$31,070
Starting

The bottom 10% of Culinary Chefs in United States earn:

$24,160

Historical salary

Culinary Chef salary by state

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State Salary Rank
Culinary Chef Salary in District of Columbia 60,590 1
Culinary Chef Salary in Connecticut 57,630 2
Culinary Chef Salary in New Jersey 57,370 3
Culinary Chef Salary in New York 56,470 4
Culinary Chef Salary in Delaware 53,630 5
Culinary Chef Salary in Massachusetts 53,470 6
Culinary Chef Salary in Nevada 52,090 7
Culinary Chef Salary in Hawaii 51,720 8
Culinary Chef Salary in Florida 51,660 9
Culinary Chef Salary in Rhode Island 50,550 10
Culinary Chef Salary in Arizona 50,160 11
Culinary Chef Salary in North Carolina 49,330 12
Culinary Chef Salary in West Virginia 48,520 13
Culinary Chef Salary in Alaska 47,880 14
Culinary Chef Salary in Minnesota 47,790 15
Culinary Chef Salary in California 47,540 16
Culinary Chef Salary in Washington 47,190 17
Culinary Chef Salary in Colorado 46,790 18
Culinary Chef Salary in Maryland 46,620 19
Culinary Chef Salary in United States 46,620 20
Culinary Chef Salary in Vermont 46,220 21
Culinary Chef Salary in New Hampshire 46,080 22
Culinary Chef Salary in Texas 45,410 23
Culinary Chef Salary in Alabama 45,090 24
Culinary Chef Salary in Virginia 43,660 25
Culinary Chef Salary in Wyoming 43,630 26
Culinary Chef Salary in Utah 43,310 27
Culinary Chef Salary in Kentucky 43,260 28
Culinary Chef Salary in Missouri 43,250 29
Culinary Chef Salary in Illinois 43,210 30
Culinary Chef Salary in Pennsylvania 43,090 31
Culinary Chef Salary in Georgia 42,970 32
Culinary Chef Salary in Maine 42,640 33
Culinary Chef Salary in Louisiana 41,470 34
Culinary Chef Salary in Ohio 41,230 35
Culinary Chef Salary in South Dakota 40,310 36
Culinary Chef Salary in Michigan 40,280 37
Culinary Chef Salary in New Mexico 40,080 38
Culinary Chef Salary in Virgin Islands 39,260 39
Culinary Chef Salary in Oregon 38,820 40
Culinary Chef Salary in Mississippi 38,700 41
Culinary Chef Salary in Tennessee 37,860 42
Culinary Chef Salary in Iowa 37,690 43
Culinary Chef Salary in Montana 37,630 44
Culinary Chef Salary in Indiana 37,410 45
Culinary Chef Salary in Nebraska 36,270 46
Culinary Chef Salary in South Carolina 35,970 47
Culinary Chef Salary in North Dakota 35,850 48
Culinary Chef Salary in Kansas 35,710 49
Culinary Chef Salary in Wisconsin 34,570 50
Culinary Chef Salary in Arkansas 34,390 51
Culinary Chef Salary in Idaho 32,880 52
Culinary Chef Salary in Oklahoma 32,470 53
Culinary Chef Salary in Guam 27,840 54
Culinary Chef Salary in Puerto Rico 27,020 55

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics