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Chef Average Salary in Australia 2020

How much money does a Chef make in Australia?

Average Yearly Salary
77,500 AUD
( 6,460 AUD monthly)


A person working as a Chef in Australia typically earns around 77,500 AUD per year. Salaries range from 40,300 AUD (lowest) to 119,000 AUD (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 Australia

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

  • Salary Range

    Chef salaries in Australia range from 40,300 AUD per year (minimum salary) to 119,000 AUD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 74,400 AUD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Chef(s) are earning less than 74,400 AUD while the other half are earning more than 74,400 AUD. 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 51,600 AUD while 75% of them are earning more than 51,600 AUD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Chef(s) are earning less than 92,700 AUD while 25% are earning more than 92,700 AUD.

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 Australia 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 45,800 AUD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 61,500 AUD per year, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 79,900 AUD per year, 30% 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 96,700 AUD per year, 21% 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 106,000 AUD per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 111,000 AUD per year, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Chef average salary change by experience in Australia

0 - 2 Years
45,800 AUD
2 - 5 Years+34%
61,500 AUD
5 - 10 Years+30%
79,900 AUD
10 - 15 Years+21%
96,700 AUD
15 - 20 Years+9%
106,000 AUD
20+ Years+5%
111,000 AUD
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.

Salary comparison by education level yearly Australia Chef
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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 57,500 AUD per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 96,700 AUD per year, 68% more than someone having a High School degree.

Chef average salary difference by education level in Australia

High School
57,500 AUD
Certificate or Diploma+68%
96,700 AUD
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 Australia earn 6% more than their female counterparts.

75,500 AUD
80,100 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Australia for all Careers

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Chef Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Australia

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


Chef(s) in Australia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Australia 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.

Australia / 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 Australia is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Australia 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 Australia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Australia 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.

46% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 54% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% 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 Australia
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Chef employees in Australia earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
89,400 AUD
Public Sector+5%
93,800 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Chef Salary Trend and Forecast in Australia

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
68,800 AUD
Average Salary 2017+4%
71,400 AUD
Average Salary 2018+2%
72,700 AUD
Average Salary 2019+3%
74,800 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Chef salaries in Australia are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% 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 Australia

37 AUD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Australia is 37 AUD. This means that the average Chef in Australia earns approximately 37 AUD 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 Australia
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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 Rounder71,800 AUD-7%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper60,600 AUD-22%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director114,000 AUD+47%
Assistant Hospitality Manager112,000 AUD+44%
Assistant Storekeeper47,300 AUD-39%
Assistant Tour Manager79,800 AUD+3%
Baker and Pastrycook58,300 AUD-25%
Bakery Manager89,500 AUD+15%
Bakery Superintendent71,800 AUD-7%
Banquet Manager73,900 AUD-5%
Banquet Server57,800 AUD-25%
Bar Attendant61,800 AUD-20%
Bar Manager91,100 AUD+17%
Bar Supervisor71,300 AUD-8%
Barista62,700 AUD-19%
Bartender63,800 AUD-18%
Bellman50,300 AUD-35%
Beverage Manager92,600 AUD+19%
Bistro Attendant57,100 AUD-26%
Buffet Chef83,400 AUD+8%
Buffet Host50,300 AUD-35%
Buffet Manager83,800 AUD+8%
Butcher and Slaughterer52,800 AUD-32%
Cafeteria Manager81,400 AUD+5%
Cake Decorator59,400 AUD-23%
Casino Shift Manager105,000 AUD+35%
Chain Store Customer Support75,600 AUD-2%
Chef77,500 AUD-0%
Club Manager97,800 AUD+26%
Cluster Director117,000 AUD+51%
Cluster Revenue Manager112,000 AUD+44%
Cocktail Server55,700 AUD-28%
Coffee Shop Manager104,000 AUD+34%
Concierge55,200 AUD-29%
Confectionery Baker64,300 AUD-17%
Conference Services Manager77,300 AUD-0%
Cook70,300 AUD-9%
Corporate Sous Chef94,700 AUD+22%
Corporate Travel Consultant82,900 AUD+7%
Croupier71,600 AUD-8%
Culinary Assistant59,900 AUD-23%
Culinary Associate65,400 AUD-16%
Dietary Aide70,400 AUD-9%
Dining Room Supervisor83,800 AUD+8%
Dishwasher38,800 AUD-50%
Duty Manager85,700 AUD+11%
Events Coordinator74,600 AUD-4%
Executive Chef85,600 AUD+10%
Executive Pastry Chef70,000 AUD-10%
Fast Food Cook71,200 AUD-8%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor77,500 AUD-0%
Fine Dining Cook86,300 AUD+11%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef84,100 AUD+8%
Fleet Manager93,300 AUD+20%
Food and Beverage Manager94,500 AUD+22%
Food Consultant100,000 AUD+29%
Food Safety Coordinator83,400 AUD+8%
Food Server51,800 AUD-33%
Food Service Director94,700 AUD+22%
Food Service Manager101,000 AUD+30%
Food Service Sales84,400 AUD+9%
Food Service Worker58,500 AUD-25%
Front Desk Agent67,500 AUD-13%
Front Office Manager84,600 AUD+9%
Guest Service Executive104,000 AUD+34%
Guest Service Representative72,700 AUD-6%
Head Concierge72,500 AUD-6%
Hospitality Director136,000 AUD+75%
Hostess / Host72,700 AUD-6%
Hotel Desk Clerk58,600 AUD-24%
Hotel Maid40,700 AUD-48%
Hotel Manager140,000 AUD+81%
Hotel Sales Manager112,000 AUD+44%
Hotel Service Supervisor98,600 AUD+27%
Hotel Staff69,600 AUD-10%
Inventory Coordinator65,400 AUD-16%
Kitchen Manager85,200 AUD+10%
Kitchen Staff60,200 AUD-22%
Kitchen Supervisor71,200 AUD-8%
Line Cook79,100 AUD+2%
Luggage Porter38,600 AUD-50%
Motel Manager91,600 AUD+18%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant48,100 AUD-38%
Production Operator49,800 AUD-36%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator65,600 AUD-15%
Receptionist67,800 AUD-13%
Regional Restaurant Manager120,000 AUD+55%
Restaurant Manager112,000 AUD+44%
Room Reservations Manager102,000 AUD+32%
Room Service Manager104,000 AUD+34%
Sous Chef68,400 AUD-12%
Supervisor of Food Services92,900 AUD+20%
Tour Consultant83,300 AUD+7%
Travel Agent72,800 AUD-6%
Travel Consultant86,100 AUD+11%
Waiter / Waitress54,500 AUD-30%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Adelaide80,600 AUD
Brisbane77,400 AUD
Canberra-Queanbeyan75,200 AUD
Gold Coast-Tweed78,300 AUD
Gosford67,000 AUD
Melbourne79,600 AUD
Newcastle74,400 AUD
Perth75,100 AUD
Sunshine Coast70,700 AUD
Sydney81,900 AUD
Wollongong69,900 AUD
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