How much does a Sous Chef make in the United States? The average Sous Chef salary in the United States is $49,910 as of November 23, 2022, but the range typically falls between $42,336 and $59,750. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target.
Sous Chef assists the Executive Chef in the daily kitchen operations including menu development, purchasing, inventory, cost control, and sanitation. Oversees the activities of the kitchen staff and monitors food production and presentation. Being a Sous Chef resolves operational issues. Performs quality checks on ingredients and prepared dishes. Additionally, Sous Chef complies with all safety and food sanitation laws and regulations. Supervises, trains, and mentors staff. May require an associate degree in culinary arts or equivalent. Typically reports to an executive chef. The Sous Chef supervises a small group of para-professional staff in an organization characterized by highly transactional or repetitive processes. Contributes to the development of processes and procedures. To be a Sous Chef typically requires 3 years experience in the related area as an individual contributor. Thorough knowledge of functional area under supervision. (Copyright 2022 Salary.com)... View full job description
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What does a Sous Chef do?
Sous Chef in Boise, ID
Chefs and head cooks use a variety of kitchen and cooking equipment, including step-in coolers, high-quality knives, meat slicers, and grinders.
February 12, 2020
Sous Chef in Daytona Beach, FL
Sous chef salaries can vary widely depending on experience, education, geographical location and the size of the restaurant.
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Sous Chef in Grand Forks, ND
It’s important that a sous chef be intimately familiar with all the activities of the kitchen and be prepared to do them in a pinch.
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These charts show the average base salary (core compensation), as well as the average total cash compensation for the job of Sous Chef in the United States. The base salary for Sous Chef ranges from $42,336 to $59,750 with the average base salary of $49,910. The total cash compensation, which includes base, and annual incentives, can vary anywhere from $42,782 to $60,237 with the average total cash compensation of $50,244.