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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.

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

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.

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

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Employment Type Mix

79%
Full-Time
21%
Part-Time

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Salary Satisfaction

2.5
SCORE
768
RATINGS
Culinary Chefs average a score of 2.5 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Culinary Chefs in the 4th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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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 61% 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
Source:

Historical salary for Culinary Chefs in California

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