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Chef and Head Cook Salary, Earnings and Wage Information

  Pay Period Low Median High
  Hourly $9.69 $16.52 $29.20
  Annual $20,200 $34,400 $60,700
  • “High” indicates 90% of workers earn less and 10% earn more.
  • “Median” indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
  • “Low” indicates 10% of workers earn less and 90% earn more.
  • “N/A” indicates the data is not available.

Notes: The yearly wage data presented above represents U.S. workers who are employed full-time with year-round schedules.

Occupation Description

Chefs and Head Cooks Direct the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts. May participate in cooking.