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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 $19.95. Hourly wages typically start from $11.13 and go up to $35.66.

Average Culinary Chef Yearly Salary in the United States

Culinary Chefs earn a median salary of $41,500 per year. Salaries typically start from $23,150 and go up to $74,170.

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    • 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 the United States earn:

$35.66
an hour
$74,170
per year
Senior Culinary Chef Earnings

Senior Culinary Chefs in the United States earn:

$27.46
an hour
$57,110
per year
Experienced Culinary Chef Earnings

Experienced Culinary Chefs in the United States earn:

$19.95
an hour
$41,500
per year
Junior Culinary Chef Earnings

Junior Culinary Chefs in the United States earn:

$14.83
an hour
$30,840
per year
Starting Culinary Chef Earnings

Starting Culinary Chefs in the United States earn:

$11.13
an hour
$23,150
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 64% of all careers in the United States.

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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 $25.58 $53,210 # 1
Culinary Chef Salary in New Jersey $27.27 $56,730 # 2
Culinary Chef Salary in Massachusetts $25.28 $52,580 # 3
Culinary Chef Salary in Florida $24.16 $50,260 # 4
Culinary Chef Salary in Rhode Island $25.46 $52,950 # 5
Culinary Chef Salary in Washington $22.70 $47,210 # 6
Culinary Chef Salary in Maryland $22.55 $46,890 # 7
Culinary Chef Salary in Nevada $22.84 $47,500 # 8
Culinary Chef Salary in Nebraska $21.40 $44,520 # 9
Culinary Chef Salary in West Virginia $21.81 $45,370 # 10
Culinary Chef Salary in Colorado $21.72 $45,180 # 11
Culinary Chef Salary in Pennsylvania $21.27 $44,240 # 12
Culinary Chef Salary in Delaware $21.74 $45,220 # 13
Culinary Chef Salary in Alabama $21.64 $45,010 # 14
Culinary Chef Salary in North Carolina $21.74 $45,210 # 15
Culinary Chef Salary in Connecticut $21.03 $43,740 # 16
Culinary Chef Salary in Wyoming $20.70 $43,060 # 17
Culinary Chef Salary in New York $20.24 $42,100 # 18
Culinary Chef Salary in Minnesota $19.96 $41,510 # 19
Culinary Chef Salary in Vermont $20.21 $42,030 # 20
Culinary Chef Salary in Kentucky $19.45 $40,450 # 21
Culinary Chef Salary in Oregon $20.10 $41,810 # 22
Culinary Chef Salary in California $19.83 $41,240 # 23
Culinary Chef Salary in Michigan $18.53 $38,540 # 24
Culinary Chef Salary in Arizona $18.30 $38,070 # 25
Culinary Chef Salary in Virginia $18.50 $38,480 # 26
Culinary Chef Salary in Hawaii $17.78 $36,980 # 27
Culinary Chef Salary in Illinois $18.35 $38,160 # 28
Culinary Chef Salary in Ohio $19.29 $40,120 # 29
Culinary Chef Salary in Missouri $20.11 $41,820 # 30
Culinary Chef Salary in New Hampshire $19.71 $40,990 # 31
Culinary Chef Salary in Texas $18.53 $38,550 # 32
Culinary Chef Salary in Alaska $17.80 $37,030 # 33
Culinary Chef Salary in North Dakota $19.25 $40,040 # 34
Culinary Chef Salary in Maine $19.38 $40,310 # 35
Culinary Chef Salary in New Mexico $17.43 $36,260 # 36
Culinary Chef Salary in South Dakota $18.25 $37,950 # 37
Culinary Chef Salary in Louisiana $16.40 $34,110 # 38
Culinary Chef Salary in Wisconsin $17.51 $36,430 # 39
Culinary Chef Salary in Utah $17.37 $36,120 # 40
Culinary Chef Salary in Indiana $17.65 $36,710 # 41
Culinary Chef Salary in Mississippi $17.11 $35,600 # 42
Culinary Chef Salary in Arkansas $16.10 $33,480 # 43
Culinary Chef Salary in Montana $16.74 $34,820 # 44
Culinary Chef Salary in Oklahoma $15.49 $32,220 # 45
Culinary Chef Salary in South Carolina $15.10 $31,410 # 46
Culinary Chef Salary in Kansas $15.70 $32,650 # 47
Culinary Chef Salary in Iowa $15.62 $32,490 # 48
Culinary Chef Salary in Georgia $14.27 $29,680 # 49
Culinary Chef Salary in Idaho $14.41 $29,970 # 50
Culinary Chef Salary in Tennessee $11.80 $24,540 # 51
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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