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How much does a Culinary Chef make in California?

Average Culinary Chef Hourly Wage in California

Culinary Chefs earn a median hourly wage of $19.83. Hourly wages typically start from $11.61 and go up to $35.44.

Average Culinary Chef Yearly Salary in California

Culinary Chefs earn a median salary of $41,240 per year. Salaries typically start from $24,140 and go up to $73,720.

Learn more about the Culinary Chef job market for salaries of real jobs in your area. Alternatively, see what Culinary Chefs earn in other states.

How to Become a Culinary Chef

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  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

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  2. Get the Education

    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Associates
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Goldey-Beacom College | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates, Bachelors
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Culinary Chef Earnings by Seniority

Top End Culinary Chef Earnings

The highest earning Culinary Chefs in California earn:

$35.44
an hour
$73,720
per year
Senior Culinary Chef Earnings

Senior Culinary Chefs in California earn:

$27.36
an hour
$56,910
per year
Experienced Culinary Chef Earnings

Experienced Culinary Chefs in California earn:

$19.83
an hour
$41,240
per year
Junior Culinary Chef Earnings

Junior Culinary Chefs in California earn:

$14.99
an hour
$31,180
per year
Starting Culinary Chef Earnings

Starting Culinary Chefs in California earn:

$11.61
an hour
$24,140
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Culinary Chef salary comparison

Culinary Chefs earn more than 63% percent of Food & Drink careers in California. Culinary Chef salaries are in the bottom 64% of all careers in California.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Salary in California $72k
Food Science Technologist Salary in California $69k
Caterer Salary in California $47k
Culinary Chef Salary $42k
Dietetic Technician Salary in California $35k
Baker Salary in California $25k
Restaurant Cook Salary in California $24k
Pastry Chef Salary in California $23k
Food Preparation Worker Salary in California $21k
Hostess Salary in California $19k

Historical salary for Culinary Chefs in California

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

How to Become a Culinary Chef

Interested in becoming a Culinary Chef? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good culinary chef? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

    Take the free career test
  2. Get the Education

    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Associates
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Goldey-Beacom College | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates, Bachelors
  3. Get Hired

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