Information About Chefs And Head Cooks

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Training

Chefs and head cooks need work experience in a related occupation.

Degrees for Chefs and head cooks
Training for Chefs And Head Cooks
Percent
Less than High School 18.4
High School 32.3
Some College 19.2
Associates Degree 17.0
Bachelors Degree 11.2
Masters Degree 1.4
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.6

Employment

Represents about 108,000 people in the United States- 7.6% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 0 more chefs and head cooks but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 10,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, chefs and head cooks make $22.40 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Chefs and head cooks $11.90 $15.10 $20.30 $27.30 $35.60
Food preparation and serving related occupations $7.78 $8.35 $9.09 $11.10 $14.60
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, chefs and head cooks make $46,600 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Chefs and head cooks $24,770 $31,600 $42,350 $56,940 $74,060
Food preparation and serving related occupations $16,180 $17,370 $18,900 $23,200 $30,460
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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