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How much does a Culinary Chef make in the United States?

Average Culinary Chef Hourly Wage in the United States

Culinary Chefs earn a median hourly wage of $20.76. Hourly wages typically start from $11.36 and go up to $36.67.

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

Average Culinary Chef Yearly Salary in the United States

Culinary Chefs earn a median salary of $43,180 per year. Salaries typically start from $23,630 and go up to $76,280.

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

2.4
SCORE
974
RATINGS
Culinary Chefs average a score of 2.4 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Culinary Chefs in the 2th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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Culinary Chef Earnings by Seniority

Top End Culinary Chef Earnings

The highest earning Culinary Chefs in the United States earn:

$36.67
an hour
$76,280
per year
Senior Culinary Chef Earnings

Senior Culinary Chefs in the United States earn:

$28.40
an hour
$59,080
per year
Experienced Culinary Chef Earnings

Experienced Culinary Chefs in the United States earn:

$20.76
an hour
$43,180
per year
Junior Culinary Chef Earnings

Junior Culinary Chefs in the United States earn:

$15.50
an hour
$32,230
per year
Starting Culinary Chef Earnings

Starting Culinary Chefs in the United States earn:

$11.36
an hour
$23,630
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Culinary Chef salary comparison

Culinary Chefs earn more than 65% percent of Food & Drink careers. Culinary Chef salaries are in the bottom 69% of all careers in the United States.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Salary $58k
Restaurant Manager Salary $50k
Food Safety And Quality Technician Salary $44k
Culinary Chef Salary $43k
Brewmaster Salary $38k
Butcher Salary $29k
Dietetic Technician Salary $26k
Restaurant Cook Salary $24k
Food Preparation Worker Salary $21k
Food Server Salary $19k
Barista Salary $19k
Source:

Historical salary for Culinary Chefs in the United States

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

Culinary Chef salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Culinary Chef Salary in Virginia $23.03 $47,900 # 1
Culinary Chef Salary in Washington $22.58 $46,970 # 2
Culinary Chef Salary in West Virginia $24.81 $51,610 # 3
Culinary Chef Salary in Wyoming $21.71 $45,150 # 4
Culinary Chef Salary in Wisconsin $20.35 $42,340 # 5
Culinary Chef Salary in Vermont $20.98 $43,640 # 6
Culinary Chef Salary in Utah $18.57 $38,630 # 7
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
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