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Chef Average Salary in Ireland 2020

How much money does a Chef make in Ireland?

Average Yearly Salary
125,000 EUR
( 10,400 EUR monthly)


A person working as a Chef in Ireland typically earns around 125,000 EUR per year. Salaries range from 61,100 EUR (lowest) to 195,000 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 61,100 EUR per year (minimum salary) to 195,000 EUR per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 127,000 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Chef(s) are earning less than 127,000 EUR while the other half are earning more than 127,000 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 84,800 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 84,800 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Chef(s) are earning less than 164,000 EUR while 25% are earning more than 164,000 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 72,500 EUR per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 93,200 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 129,000 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 159,000 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 171,000 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 182,000 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
72,500 EUR
2 - 5 Years+29%
93,200 EUR
5 - 10 Years+38%
129,000 EUR
10 - 15 Years+24%
159,000 EUR
15 - 20 Years+7%
171,000 EUR
20+ Years+7%
182,000 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 103,000 EUR per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 169,000 EUR per year, 65% more than someone having a High School degree.

Chef average salary difference by education level in Ireland

High School
103,000 EUR
Certificate or Diploma+65%
169,000 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

Salary comparison by gender yearly Ireland Chef
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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 6% more than their female counterparts.

121,000 EUR
128,000 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.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Ireland Chef
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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

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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

Information Technology

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.

44% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 56% 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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries yearly Ireland
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Chef employees in Ireland earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
144,000 EUR
Public Sector+5%
151,000 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Chef Salary Trend and Forecast in Ireland

How are Chef salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

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Average Salary 2016
111,000 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
115,000 EUR
Average Salary 2018+3%
118,000 EUR
Average Salary 2019+2%
120,000 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Chef salaries in Ireland are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Chef Average Hourly Wage in Ireland

60 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Ireland is 60 EUR. This means that the average Chef in Ireland earns approximately 60 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 3% more than that of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. Also, Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 18% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder119,000 EUR-5%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper98,600 EUR-21%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director187,000 EUR+50%
Assistant Hospitality Manager183,000 EUR+47%
Assistant Storekeeper81,500 EUR-35%
Assistant Tour Manager140,000 EUR+12%
Baker and Pastrycook93,600 EUR-25%
Bakery Manager145,000 EUR+16%
Bakery Superintendent114,000 EUR-9%
Banquet Manager117,000 EUR-6%
Banquet Server91,400 EUR-27%
Bar Attendant96,600 EUR-23%
Bar Manager156,000 EUR+25%
Bar Supervisor121,000 EUR-3%
Barista105,000 EUR-16%
Bartender98,900 EUR-21%
Bellman75,800 EUR-39%
Beverage Manager142,000 EUR+14%
Bistro Attendant94,800 EUR-24%
Buffet Chef133,000 EUR+7%
Buffet Host84,600 EUR-32%
Buffet Manager140,000 EUR+12%
Butcher and Slaughterer87,200 EUR-30%
Cafeteria Manager133,000 EUR+7%
Cake Decorator95,400 EUR-24%
Casino Shift Manager170,000 EUR+36%
Chain Store Customer Support115,000 EUR-8%
Chef125,000 EUR+0%
Club Manager168,000 EUR+35%
Cluster Director189,000 EUR+52%
Cluster Revenue Manager180,000 EUR+44%
Cocktail Server85,900 EUR-31%
Coffee Shop Manager166,000 EUR+33%
Concierge93,200 EUR-25%
Confectionery Baker105,000 EUR-16%
Conference Services Manager133,000 EUR+7%
Cook119,000 EUR-5%
Corporate Sous Chef143,000 EUR+15%
Corporate Travel Consultant127,000 EUR+2%
Croupier116,000 EUR-7%
Culinary Assistant95,200 EUR-24%
Culinary Associate103,000 EUR-17%
Dietary Aide121,000 EUR-3%
Dining Room Supervisor139,000 EUR+11%
Dishwasher63,600 EUR-49%
Duty Manager138,000 EUR+11%
Events Coordinator125,000 EUR+0%
Executive Chef135,000 EUR+8%
Executive Pastry Chef114,000 EUR-9%
Fast Food Cook120,000 EUR-4%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor135,000 EUR+8%
Fine Dining Cook144,000 EUR+15%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef146,000 EUR+17%
Fleet Manager161,000 EUR+29%
Food and Beverage Manager155,000 EUR+24%
Food Consultant163,000 EUR+31%
Food Safety Coordinator134,000 EUR+7%
Food Server83,400 EUR-33%
Food Service Director151,000 EUR+21%
Food Service Manager166,000 EUR+33%
Food Service Sales133,000 EUR+7%
Food Service Worker94,800 EUR-24%
Front Desk Agent112,000 EUR-10%
Front Office Manager139,000 EUR+11%
Guest Service Executive171,000 EUR+37%
Guest Service Representative114,000 EUR-9%
Head Concierge113,000 EUR-9%
Hospitality Director228,000 EUR+83%
Hostess / Host114,000 EUR-9%
Hotel Desk Clerk96,300 EUR-23%
Hotel Maid61,400 EUR-51%
Hotel Manager217,000 EUR+74%
Hotel Sales Manager191,000 EUR+53%
Hotel Service Supervisor152,000 EUR+22%
Hotel Staff115,000 EUR-8%
Inventory Coordinator106,000 EUR-15%
Kitchen Manager130,000 EUR+4%
Kitchen Staff101,000 EUR-19%
Kitchen Supervisor116,000 EUR-7%
Line Cook131,000 EUR+5%
Luggage Porter60,700 EUR-51%
Motel Manager152,000 EUR+22%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant79,000 EUR-37%
Production Operator79,200 EUR-37%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator102,000 EUR-18%
Receptionist115,000 EUR-8%
Regional Restaurant Manager195,000 EUR+56%
Restaurant Manager180,000 EUR+44%
Room Reservations Manager164,000 EUR+31%
Room Service Manager164,000 EUR+31%
Sous Chef118,000 EUR-5%
Supervisor of Food Services146,000 EUR+17%
Tour Consultant131,000 EUR+5%
Travel Agent125,000 EUR+0%
Travel Consultant141,000 EUR+13%
Waiter / Waitress92,800 EUR-26%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Cork124,000 EUR
Dublin132,000 EUR
Galway111,000 EUR
Limerick130,000 EUR
Waterford114,000 EUR
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