Salary for this managerial role typically goes far beyond the base pay.
The average salary of an executive chef in the US falls within quite a wide range. The compensation package—the combined value of a base salary, bonuses, and benefits—spread this range even wider.
As of early 2021, Glassdoor listed the average base salary of an Executive Chef at $58,505. This number is highly skewed in both directions, typically determined by the chef’s experience and the location of the club.
The range of additional cash pay, however, falls within a massive range between $627 and $22,917. This number highly depends on the role the chef plays in the business itself. For example, many chefs at a higher level take on managerial and marketing duties and are thus compensated more generously.
At a larger club or resort, incentivized bonuses may make the most sense for the property. For example, if an Executive Chef meets or exceeds their revenue goals for the year, he or she may receive around 10 percent of their annual salary as a reward.
In addition to the monetary compensation, full-time executive chefs at a resort or club will typically receive:
- PTO for sick leave and vacation
- Health benefits
- Life insurance
- Retirement benefits
The full benefits and compensation package typically mirrors the type of kitchen and size of the business. Chefs can also negotiate their hours throughout the week as well as additional responsibilities outside the kitchen. Like all salary packages, the final amount and structure of benefits will depend on the size and style of the club.