How Much do Head Chefs Make?

Do head chefs make a lot of money? What is the average pay for head chefs?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, head chefs in the United States earn an average of $56,310 a year, equivalent to $27.07 an hour. Head chefs make 5% more than the average American worker.

Head chefs in Hawaii are the best paid, making $78,640 a year, while head chefs in Idaho make the least at $40,850.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Head Chef Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $41.82 $86,990
75th $32.93 $68,500
50th $24.78 $51,530
25th $17.97 $37,380
10th $13.64 $28,370
Head Chef Wages by State

In what states do head chefs make the most? In what states do head chefs make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $23.66 $49,210
Alaska $25.40 $52,840
Arizona $25.57 $53,190
Arkansas $23.09 $48,030
California $29.35 $61,040
Colorado $24.47 $50,890
Connecticut $29.23 $60,810
Delaware $28.60 $59,480
Florida $25.49 $53,030
Georgia $25.46 $52,950
Hawaii $37.81 $78,640
Idaho $19.64 $40,850
Illinois $26.66 $55,450
Indiana $24.58 $51,130
Iowa $20.23 $42,080
Kansas $20.54 $42,730
Kentucky $23.37 $48,620
Louisiana $26.52 $55,160
Maine $26.31 $54,720
Maryland $26.89 $55,930
Massachusetts $30.38 $63,190
Michigan $26.63 $55,390
Minnesota $25.84 $53,750
Mississippi $24.30 $50,540
Missouri $26.22 $54,530
Montana $25.17 $52,340
Nebraska $21.28 $44,270
Nevada $27.33 $56,850
New Hampshire $27.55 $57,300
New Jersey $36.57 $76,060
New Mexico $24.31 $50,560
New York $28.55 $59,380
North Carolina $25.21 $52,430
North Dakota $24.42 $50,800
Ohio $22.16 $46,100
Oklahoma $22.97 $47,770
Oregon $24.58 $51,130
Pennsylvania $28.39 $59,040
Rhode Island $34.25 $71,230
South Carolina $22.29 $46,360
South Dakota $22.87 $47,570
Tennessee $23.48 $48,830
Texas $27.34 $56,880
Utah $21.48 $44,670
Vermont $22.14 $46,040
Virginia $27.36 $56,920
Washington $28.94 $60,190
West Virginia $27.61 $57,420
Wisconsin $21.41 $44,530
Wyoming $29.38 $61,120
Metro Areas Where Head Chefs Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Honolulu, HI $44.12 $91,770
Kahului, HI $40.50 $84,240
San Jose, CA $40.14 $83,490
Stockton, CA $36.39 $75,680
Fort Myers, FL $35.81 $74,470
Sebastian, FL $35.38 $73,590
Bridgeport, CT $35.07 $72,950
Ocean City, NJ $35.02 $72,850
Vallejo, CA $33.94 $70,600
Beaumont, TX $33.41 $69,500
Head Chef Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $27.07 $56,310
2018 $25.08 $52,160
2017 $23.87 $49,650
2016 $22.79 $47,390
2015 $22.07 $45,920
2014 $22.06 $45,880
2013 $22.42 $46,620
2012 $22.39 $46,570
2011 $22.40 $46,600