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Chef Average Salary in Italy 2019

How much money does a Chef make in Italy?

3,079 EUR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as a Chef in Italy typically earns around 3,079 EUR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Chef salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Chef Salary Distribution in Italy

Median and salary distribution monthly Italy Chef

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Chef salaries in Italy range between 1,263 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 4,742 EUR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 3,203 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Chef are earning less than 3,203 EUR while the other half are earning more than 3,203 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.

Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working as Chef are earning less than 2,010 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,010 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Chef are earning less than 4,290 EUR while 25% are earning more than 4,290 EUR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

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 plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Chef Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
1,454 EUR
2 - 5 Years    +37%  
1,994 EUR
5 - 10 Years    +26%  
2,515 EUR
10 - 15 Years    +21%  
3,037 EUR
15 - 20 Years    +17%  
3,559 EUR
20+ Years    +24%  
4,411 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Experience level is the most important factor in determining your salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Chef salaries by experience level. A Chef with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 1,454 EUR per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 1,994 EUR per month, 37% more than someone with less than two year's experience. Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 2,515 EUR per month, 26% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Chef(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 3,037 EUR per month, 21% more than a person with five to ten years of experience. If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 3,559 EUR per month, 17% more than a person with ten to fifteen years of experience. Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 4,411 EUR per month, 24% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Italy Chef

Chef Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
1,837 EUR
Bachelor's Degree    +40%  
2,568 EUR
Master's Degree    +41%  
3,611 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add into your income? We broke down Chef salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Chef is 1,837 EUR per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 2,568 EUR per month, 40% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 3,611 EUR per month, 41% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Salary comparison by education level monthly Italy Chef


Chef Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
2,787 EUR
Male    +21%  
3,372 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
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 Italy earn 21% more than their female counterparts.

Salary comparison by gender monthly Italy Chef

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
2,633 EUR
Public Sector    +34%  
3,526 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the goverment? Public sector Chef employees in Italy earn 34% more than their private sector counterparts.

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Italy Chef

Chef Salary Trend and Forecast in Italy

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Italy Chef
Average Salary 2016    =  
2,761 EUR
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
2,863 EUR
Average Salary 2018    +4%  
2,969 EUR
Average Salary 2019    +4%  
3,079 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Chef salaries in Italy are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 4% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Chef Average Hourly Wage in Italy

18 EUR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Italy for Chef is 18 EUR. This means that the average Chef in Italy earns approximatly 18 EUR for every worked hour.


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

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working 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 annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Chef VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Chef and Food  /Hospitality / Tourism / Catering monthly ItalyWe compared Italy salaries for Chef, Food /Hospitality / Tourism / Catering, and All Jobs and we found that Chef salaries are 2% more than those of Food /Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. We also found out that Food /Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 18% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder2,956 EUR-4%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper2,274 EUR-26%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director4,298 EUR+40%
Assistant Hospitality Manager4,712 EUR+53%
Assistant Storekeeper1,933 EUR-37%
Assistant Tour Manager3,313 EUR+8%
Baker and Pastrycook2,525 EUR-18%
Bakery Manager3,500 EUR+14%
Bakery Superintendent2,790 EUR-9%
Banquet Manager2,850 EUR-7%
Banquet Server2,286 EUR-26%
Bar Attendant2,365 EUR-23%
Bar Manager3,780 EUR+23%
Bar Supervisor2,933 EUR-5%
Barista2,561 EUR-17%
Bartender2,423 EUR-21%
Bellman2,039 EUR-34%
Beverage Manager3,492 EUR+13%
Bistro Attendant2,228 EUR-28%
Buffet Chef3,285 EUR+7%
Buffet Host2,078 EUR-33%
Buffet Manager3,436 EUR+12%
Butcher and Slaughterer2,146 EUR-30%
Cafeteria Manager3,283 EUR+7%
Cake Decorator2,574 EUR-16%
Casino Shift Manager4,195 EUR+36%
Chain Store Customer Support3,014 EUR-2%
Chef3,079 EUR=
Club Manager4,156 EUR+35%
Cluster Director4,666 EUR+52%
Cluster Revenue Manager4,453 EUR+45%
Cocktail Server2,204 EUR-28%
Coffee Shop Manager4,095 EUR+33%
Concierge2,365 EUR-23%
Confectionery Baker2,624 EUR-15%
Conference Services Manager3,367 EUR+9%
Cook2,962 EUR-4%
Corporate Sous Chef3,836 EUR+25%
Corporate Travel Consultant3,332 EUR+8%
Croupier2,800 EUR-9%
Culinary Assistant2,513 EUR-18%
Culinary Associate2,722 EUR-12%
Dietary Aide2,875 EUR-7%
Dining Room Supervisor3,448 EUR+12%
Dishwasher1,584 EUR-49%
Duty Manager3,713 EUR+21%
Events Coordinator3,168 EUR+3%
Executive Chef3,349 EUR+9%
Executive Pastry Chef2,835 EUR-8%
Fast Food Cook2,976 EUR-3%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor3,189 EUR+4%
Fine Dining Cook3,579 EUR+16%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef3,606 EUR+17%
Fleet Manager3,904 EUR+27%
Food and Beverage Manager4,167 EUR+35%
Food Consultant4,385 EUR+42%
Food Safety Coordinator3,614 EUR+17%
Food Server2,081 EUR-32%
Food Service Director3,775 EUR+23%
Food Service Manager3,993 EUR+30%
Food Service Sales3,337 EUR+8%
Food Service Worker2,286 EUR-26%
Front Desk Agent2,637 EUR-14%
Front Office Manager3,672 EUR+19%
Guest Service Executive4,023 EUR+31%
Guest Service Representative2,849 EUR-7%
Head Concierge2,774 EUR-10%
Hospitality Director5,486 EUR+78%
Hostess / Host2,849 EUR-7%
Hotel Desk Clerk2,217 EUR-28%
Hotel Maid1,651 EUR-46%
Hotel Manager5,450 EUR+77%
Hotel Sales Manager4,641 EUR+51%
Hotel Service Supervisor3,807 EUR+24%
Hotel Staff2,697 EUR-12%
Inventory Coordinator2,494 EUR-19%
Kitchen Manager3,266 EUR+6%
Kitchen Staff2,532 EUR-18%
Kitchen Supervisor3,138 EUR+2%
Line Cook3,015 EUR-2%
Luggage Porter1,569 EUR-49%
Motel Manager3,818 EUR+24%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant1,990 EUR-35%
Production Operator1,935 EUR-37%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator2,613 EUR-15%
Receptionist2,789 EUR-9%
Regional Restaurant Manager4,903 EUR+59%
Restaurant Manager4,545 EUR+48%
Room Reservations Manager4,135 EUR+34%
Room Service Manager4,156 EUR+35%
Sous Chef2,933 EUR-5%
Supervisor of Food Services3,690 EUR+20%
Tour Consultant3,212 EUR+4%
Travel Agent3,172 EUR+3%
Travel Consultant3,515 EUR+14%
Waiter / Waitress2,353 EUR-24%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bologna2,897 EUR
Catania3,045 EUR
Genova2,987 EUR
Milano3,359 EUR
Napoli3,264 EUR
Palermo3,078 EUR
Parma2,890 EUR
Rome3,455 EUR
Torino3,170 EUR
Trieste2,837 EUR
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