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Chef Average Salary in Ireland 2020

How much money does a Chef make in Ireland?

Average Yearly Salary
25,100 EUR
( 2,100 EUR monthly)


A person working as a Chef in Ireland typically earns around 25,100 EUR per year. Salaries range from 12,300 EUR (lowest) to 39,200 EUR (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Chef salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Chef Salary Distribution in Ireland

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Chef salaries in Ireland range from 12,300 EUR per year (minimum salary) to 39,200 EUR per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 25,700 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Chef(s) are earning less than 25,700 EUR while the other half are earning more than 25,700 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Chef(s) are earning less than 17,100 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 17,100 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Chef(s) are earning less than 33,100 EUR while 25% are earning more than 33,100 EUR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Chef Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly Ireland Chef
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Chef salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Chef with less than two years of experience makes approximately 14,600 EUR per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 18,800 EUR per year, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 25,900 EUR per year, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Chef(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 32,100 EUR per year, 24% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 34,400 EUR per year, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 36,700 EUR per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Chef average salary change by experience in Ireland

0 - 2 Years
14,600 EUR
2 - 5 Years+29%
18,800 EUR
5 - 10 Years+38%
25,900 EUR
10 - 15 Years+24%
32,100 EUR
15 - 20 Years+7%
34,400 EUR
20+ Years+7%
36,700 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Chef Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Chef(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Chef salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Chef is 20,700 EUR per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 34,100 EUR per year, 65% more than someone having a High School degree.

Chef average salary difference by education level in Ireland

High School
20,700 EUR
Certificate or Diploma+65%
34,100 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Chef Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Chef employees in Ireland earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

25,700 EUR
24,500 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Ireland for all Careers

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Chef Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Ireland

How much are annual salary increments in Ireland for Chef(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Chef(s) in Ireland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Ireland / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Ireland is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Ireland for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Chef Bonus and Incentive Rates in Ireland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Ireland Chef
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A Chef is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

45% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 55% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Chef Average Hourly Wage in Ireland

12 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Ireland is 12 EUR. This means that the average Chef in Ireland earns approximately 12 EUR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Chef VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Chef and Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering yearly Ireland
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The average salary for Chef is 2% less than that of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. Also, Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 33% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder16,900 EUR-33%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper12,500 EUR-50%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director53,400 EUR+110%
Assistant Hospitality Manager53,600 EUR+110%
Assistant Storekeeper11,300 EUR-55%
Assistant Tour Manager26,800 EUR+7%
Baker and Pastrycook13,300 EUR-47%
Bakery Manager30,500 EUR+21%
Bakery Superintendent19,200 EUR-24%
Banquet Manager20,500 EUR-18%
Banquet Server12,400 EUR-51%
Bar Attendant12,900 EUR-49%
Bar Manager28,000 EUR+11%
Bar Supervisor19,400 EUR-23%
Barista16,600 EUR-34%
Bartender15,300 EUR-39%
Bellman12,000 EUR-52%
Beverage Manager31,400 EUR+25%
Bistro Attendant13,700 EUR-46%
Buffet Chef24,300 EUR-3%
Buffet Host12,800 EUR-49%
Buffet Manager28,600 EUR+14%
Butcher and Slaughterer10,800 EUR-57%
Cafeteria Manager24,600 EUR-2%
Cake Decorator14,500 EUR-42%
Casino Shift Manager45,300 EUR+80%
Chain Store Customer Support20,100 EUR-20%
Chef25,100 EUR-0%
Club Manager48,600 EUR+93%
Cluster Director60,400 EUR+140%
Cluster Revenue Manager47,500 EUR+89%
Cocktail Server12,700 EUR-50%
Coffee Shop Manager45,600 EUR+81%
Concierge12,600 EUR-50%
Confectionery Baker15,700 EUR-38%
Conference Services Manager29,200 EUR+16%
Cook22,200 EUR-12%
Corporate Sous Chef34,200 EUR+36%
Corporate Travel Consultant34,300 EUR+36%
Croupier17,700 EUR-30%
Culinary Assistant11,200 EUR-55%
Culinary Associate11,200 EUR-55%
Dietary Aide26,400 EUR+5%
Dining Room Supervisor23,800 EUR-5%
Dishwasher10,700 EUR-57%
Duty Manager29,000 EUR+15%
Events Coordinator19,700 EUR-22%
Executive Chef29,300 EUR+17%
Executive Pastry Chef22,800 EUR-9%
Fast Food Cook21,100 EUR-16%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor22,500 EUR-11%
Fine Dining Cook37,400 EUR+49%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef36,800 EUR+46%
Fleet Manager63,900 EUR+150%
Food and Beverage Manager45,400 EUR+81%
Food Consultant37,500 EUR+49%
Food Safety Coordinator27,800 EUR+11%
Food Server12,000 EUR-52%
Food Service Director45,400 EUR+81%
Food Service Manager52,300 EUR+110%
Food Service Sales29,400 EUR+17%
Food Service Worker12,800 EUR-49%
Front Desk Agent15,300 EUR-39%
Front Office Manager26,100 EUR+4%
Guest Service Executive42,900 EUR+71%
Guest Service Representative16,200 EUR-36%
Head Concierge19,100 EUR-24%
Hospitality Director75,200 EUR+200%
Hostess / Host14,200 EUR-44%
Hotel Desk Clerk15,200 EUR-40%
Hotel Maid10,300 EUR-59%
Hotel Manager69,800 EUR+180%
Hotel Sales Manager56,100 EUR+120%
Hotel Service Supervisor39,400 EUR+57%
Hotel Staff13,800 EUR-45%
Inventory Coordinator16,700 EUR-34%
Kitchen Manager24,100 EUR-4%
Kitchen Staff13,300 EUR-47%
Kitchen Supervisor20,700 EUR-18%
Line Cook23,500 EUR-7%
Luggage Porter10,500 EUR-58%
Motel Manager39,900 EUR+59%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant13,700 EUR-46%
Production Operator20,400 EUR-19%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator21,800 EUR-13%
Receptionist15,600 EUR-38%
Regional Restaurant Manager56,700 EUR+130%
Restaurant Manager48,500 EUR+93%
Room Reservations Manager48,100 EUR+91%
Room Service Manager45,900 EUR+83%
Sous Chef28,200 EUR+12%
Supervisor of Food Services33,900 EUR+35%
Tour Consultant35,100 EUR+40%
Travel Agent25,600 EUR+2%
Travel Consultant37,700 EUR+50%
Waiter / Waitress12,800 EUR-49%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Cork25,100 EUR
Dublin26,600 EUR
Galway22,500 EUR
Limerick26,200 EUR
Waterford23,100 EUR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Ireland earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
37,600 EUR
Public Sector+5%
39,300 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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