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What is the average salary for Culinary Chefs in the United States?

Culinary Chefs earn an average hourly wage of $22.06. Hourly wages typically start from $11.13 and go up to $35.44. Culinary Chefs earn an average salary of $45,880 per year. Salaries typically start from $23,140 and go up to $73,720.

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Highest

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

$35.44 an hour $73,720 per year
Senior

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

$27.32 an hour $56,820 per year
Experienced

The top 50% of Culinary Chefs in the United States earn:

$20.01 an hour $41,610 per year
Junior

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

$14.73 an hour $30,630 per year
Starting

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

$11.13 an hour $23,140 per year

Historical salary for Culinary Chefs in the United States

Culinary Chef salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Culinary Chef Salary in District of Columbia $30.22 $62,850 # 1
Culinary Chef Salary in New Jersey $27.02 $56,200 # 2
Culinary Chef Salary in Florida $26.48 $55,080 # 3
Culinary Chef Salary in Connecticut $26.42 $54,950 # 4
Culinary Chef Salary in Massachusetts $25.91 $53,890 # 5
Culinary Chef Salary in Delaware $25.68 $53,410 # 6
Culinary Chef Salary in West Virginia $24.57 $51,120 # 7
Culinary Chef Salary in Nevada $24.47 $50,890 # 8
Culinary Chef Salary in Washington $24.40 $50,760 # 9
Culinary Chef Salary in New York $24.24 $50,430 # 10
Culinary Chef Salary in Rhode Island $24.18 $50,300 # 11
Culinary Chef Salary in North Carolina $23.73 $49,360 # 12
Culinary Chef Salary in Maryland $23.44 $48,760 # 13
Culinary Chef Salary in Arizona $23.41 $48,700 # 14
Culinary Chef Salary in Colorado $22.97 $47,790 # 15
Culinary Chef Salary in Minnesota $22.74 $47,300 # 16
Culinary Chef Salary in Alabama $22.46 $46,710 # 17
Culinary Chef Salary in New Hampshire $22.25 $46,280 # 18
Culinary Chef Salary in Alaska $22.06 $45,870 # 19
Culinary Chef Salary in Nebraska $21.82 $45,400 # 20
Culinary Chef Salary in Kentucky $21.83 $45,400 # 21
Culinary Chef Salary in California $21.80 $45,340 # 22
Culinary Chef Salary in Hawaii $21.61 $44,960 # 23
Culinary Chef Salary in Wyoming $21.53 $44,770 # 24
Culinary Chef Salary in Missouri $21.49 $44,700 # 25
Culinary Chef Salary in Texas $21.22 $44,140 # 26
Culinary Chef Salary in Virginia $21.13 $43,940 # 27
Culinary Chef Salary in Michigan $21.03 $43,730 # 28
Culinary Chef Salary in Pennsylvania $20.97 $43,620 # 29
Culinary Chef Salary in Utah $20.92 $43,520 # 30
Culinary Chef Salary in Ohio $20.91 $43,480 # 31
Culinary Chef Salary in Illinois $20.90 $43,470 # 32
Culinary Chef Salary in Vermont $20.75 $43,150 # 33
Culinary Chef Salary in New Mexico $20.27 $42,150 # 34
Culinary Chef Salary in Maine $20.07 $41,750 # 35
Culinary Chef Salary in North Dakota $19.72 $41,010 # 36
Culinary Chef Salary in Oregon $19.49 $40,550 # 37
Culinary Chef Salary in Mississippi $19.28 $40,110 # 38
Culinary Chef Salary in Louisiana $18.90 $39,310 # 39
Culinary Chef Salary in South Dakota $18.74 $38,990 # 40
Culinary Chef Salary in Arkansas $18.61 $38,710 # 41
Culinary Chef Salary in Indiana $17.99 $37,420 # 42
Culinary Chef Salary in Kansas $17.92 $37,270 # 43
Culinary Chef Salary in South Carolina $17.53 $36,450 # 44
Culinary Chef Salary in Montana $17.41 $36,210 # 45
Culinary Chef Salary in Wisconsin $17.30 $35,990 # 46
Culinary Chef Salary in Iowa $17.06 $35,470 # 47
Culinary Chef Salary in Oklahoma $16.71 $34,770 # 48
Culinary Chef Salary in Tennessee $16.43 $34,180 # 49
Culinary Chef Salary in Idaho $15.14 $31,490 # 50
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics