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 salaries in Australia range from 40,300 AUD per year (minimum salary) to 119,000 AUD per year (maximum 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+34%|
|5 - 10 Years||+30%|
|10 - 15 Years||+21%|
|15 - 20 Years||+9%|
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.
|Certificate or Diploma||+68%|
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+2%|
|Average Salary 2019||+3%|
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.
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.
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.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|All Rounder||71,800 AUD||-7%|
|Assistant Executive Housekeeper||60,600 AUD||-22%|
|Assistant Food and Beverage Director||114,000 AUD||+47%|
|Assistant Hospitality Manager||112,000 AUD||+44%|
|Assistant Storekeeper||47,300 AUD||-39%|
|Assistant Tour Manager||79,800 AUD||+3%|
|Baker and Pastrycook||58,300 AUD||-25%|
|Bakery Manager||89,500 AUD||+15%|
|Bakery Superintendent||71,800 AUD||-7%|
|Banquet Manager||73,900 AUD||-5%|
|Banquet Server||57,800 AUD||-25%|
|Bar Attendant||61,800 AUD||-20%|
|Bar Manager||91,100 AUD||+17%|
|Bar Supervisor||71,300 AUD||-8%|
|Beverage Manager||92,600 AUD||+19%|
|Bistro Attendant||57,100 AUD||-26%|
|Buffet Chef||83,400 AUD||+8%|
|Buffet Host||50,300 AUD||-35%|
|Buffet Manager||83,800 AUD||+8%|
|Butcher and Slaughterer||52,800 AUD||-32%|
|Cafeteria Manager||81,400 AUD||+5%|
|Cake Decorator||59,400 AUD||-23%|
|Casino Shift Manager||105,000 AUD||+35%|
|Chain Store Customer Support||75,600 AUD||-2%|
|Club Manager||97,800 AUD||+26%|
|Cluster Director||117,000 AUD||+51%|
|Cluster Revenue Manager||112,000 AUD||+44%|
|Cocktail Server||55,700 AUD||-28%|
|Coffee Shop Manager||104,000 AUD||+34%|
|Confectionery Baker||64,300 AUD||-17%|
|Conference Services Manager||77,300 AUD||-0%|
|Corporate Sous Chef||94,700 AUD||+22%|
|Corporate Travel Consultant||82,900 AUD||+7%|
|Culinary Assistant||59,900 AUD||-23%|
|Culinary Associate||65,400 AUD||-16%|
|Dietary Aide||70,400 AUD||-9%|
|Dining Room Supervisor||83,800 AUD||+8%|
|Duty Manager||85,700 AUD||+11%|
|Events Coordinator||74,600 AUD||-4%|
|Executive Chef||85,600 AUD||+10%|
|Executive Pastry Chef||70,000 AUD||-10%|
|Fast Food Cook||71,200 AUD||-8%|
|Fast Food Shift Supervisor||77,500 AUD||-0%|
|Fine Dining Cook||86,300 AUD||+11%|
|Fine Dining Restaurant Chef||84,100 AUD||+8%|
|Fleet Manager||93,300 AUD||+20%|
|Food and Beverage Manager||94,500 AUD||+22%|
|Food Consultant||100,000 AUD||+29%|
|Food Safety Coordinator||83,400 AUD||+8%|
|Food Server||51,800 AUD||-33%|
|Food Service Director||94,700 AUD||+22%|
|Food Service Manager||101,000 AUD||+30%|
|Food Service Sales||84,400 AUD||+9%|
|Food Service Worker||58,500 AUD||-25%|
|Front Desk Agent||67,500 AUD||-13%|
|Front Office Manager||84,600 AUD||+9%|
|Guest Service Executive||104,000 AUD||+34%|
|Guest Service Representative||72,700 AUD||-6%|
|Head Concierge||72,500 AUD||-6%|
|Hospitality Director||136,000 AUD||+75%|
|Hostess / Host||72,700 AUD||-6%|
|Hotel Desk Clerk||58,600 AUD||-24%|
|Hotel Maid||40,700 AUD||-48%|
|Hotel Manager||140,000 AUD||+81%|
|Hotel Sales Manager||112,000 AUD||+44%|
|Hotel Service Supervisor||98,600 AUD||+27%|
|Hotel Staff||69,600 AUD||-10%|
|Inventory Coordinator||65,400 AUD||-16%|
|Kitchen Manager||85,200 AUD||+10%|
|Kitchen Staff||60,200 AUD||-22%|
|Kitchen Supervisor||71,200 AUD||-8%|
|Line Cook||79,100 AUD||+2%|
|Luggage Porter||38,600 AUD||-50%|
|Motel Manager||91,600 AUD||+18%|
|Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant||48,100 AUD||-38%|
|Production Operator||49,800 AUD||-36%|
|Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator||65,600 AUD||-15%|
|Regional Restaurant Manager||120,000 AUD||+55%|
|Restaurant Manager||112,000 AUD||+44%|
|Room Reservations Manager||102,000 AUD||+32%|
|Room Service Manager||104,000 AUD||+34%|
|Sous Chef||68,400 AUD||-12%|
|Supervisor of Food Services||92,900 AUD||+20%|
|Tour Consultant||83,300 AUD||+7%|
|Travel Agent||72,800 AUD||-6%|
|Travel Consultant||86,100 AUD||+11%|
|Waiter / Waitress||54,500 AUD||-30%|
|Gold Coast-Tweed||78,300 AUD|
|Sunshine Coast||70,700 AUD|