Training Requirements for Chefs And Head Cooks

Chefs and head cooks need a high school diploma or equivalent and 5 years or more experience.

Degrees for Chefs and head cooks
Percent
Less than High School 17.4
High School 30.1
Some College 21.6
Associates Degree 17.6
Bachelors Degree 11.4
Masters Degree 1.5
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.3

Employment Outlook for Chefs And Head Cooks

This represents about 127,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 11,000 more chefs and head cooks but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 30,000 more.

Typical Income for Chefs And Head Cooks

Hourly Income

On average,chefs and head cooks make $22.79 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Chefs and head cooks $11.36 $15.50 $20.76 $28.40 $36.67
Food preparation and serving related occupations $8.28 $8.94 $10.01 $12.34 $16.92
Supervisors of food preparation and serving workers $10.01 $11.89 $15.77 $21.54 $27.92
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, chefs and head cooks make $47,390 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Chefs and head cooks $23,630 $32,230 $43,180 $59,080 $76,280
Food preparation and serving related occupations $17,220 $18,600 $20,810 $25,680 $35,200
Supervisors of food preparation and serving workers $20,820 $24,720 $32,790 $44,810 $58,070
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

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

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