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Chef Average Salary in Germany 2020

How much money does a Chef make in Germany?

Average Monthly Salary
9,580 EUR
( 115,000 EUR yearly)


A person working as a Chef in Germany typically earns around 9,580 EUR per month. Salaries range from 4,410 EUR (lowest) to 15,200 EUR (highest).

This is the average monthly 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 Germany

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

  • Salary Range

    Chef salaries in Germany range from 4,410 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 15,200 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 10,300 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Chef(s) are earning less than 10,300 EUR while the other half are earning more than 10,300 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 6,640 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 6,640 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Chef(s) are earning less than 13,800 EUR while 25% are earning more than 13,800 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 monthly Germany 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 5,000 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 6,680 EUR per month, 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 9,870 EUR per month, 48% 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 12,000 EUR per month, 22% 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 13,100 EUR per month, 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 14,200 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Chef average salary change by experience in Germany

0 - 2 Years
5,000 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
6,680 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
9,870 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
12,000 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
13,100 EUR
20+ Years+8%
14,200 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 5,810 EUR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 11,200 EUR per month, 93% more than someone having a High School degree.

Chef average salary difference by education level in Germany

High School
5,810 EUR
Certificate or Diploma+93%
11,200 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 monthly Germany 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 Germany earn 7% more than their female counterparts.

9,240 EUR
9,920 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Germany for all Careers

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Chef Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Germany

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


Chef(s) in Germany 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 Germany 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.

Germany / 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 Germany is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

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

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

39% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 61% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% 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 monthly Germany
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Chef employees in Germany earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
11,600 EUR
Public Sector+5%
12,100 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Chef Salary Trend and Forecast in Germany

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
8,280 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
8,590 EUR
Average Salary 2018+4%
8,910 EUR
Average Salary 2019+4%
9,240 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Chef salaries in Germany are on the rise in the year 2020 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 continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Chef Average Hourly Wage in Germany

55 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Germany is 55 EUR. This means that the average Chef in Germany earns approximately 55 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 monthly Germany
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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 18% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder8,400 EUR-12%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper7,310 EUR-24%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director12,800 EUR+34%
Assistant Hospitality Manager14,200 EUR+48%
Assistant Storekeeper5,920 EUR-38%
Assistant Tour Manager9,630 EUR+1%
Baker and Pastrycook7,580 EUR-21%
Bakery Manager10,400 EUR+9%
Bakery Superintendent9,050 EUR-6%
Banquet Manager9,020 EUR-6%
Banquet Server7,030 EUR-27%
Bar Attendant7,310 EUR-24%
Bar Manager11,000 EUR+15%
Bar Supervisor8,320 EUR-13%
Barista7,840 EUR-18%
Bartender7,310 EUR-24%
Bellman6,100 EUR-36%
Beverage Manager10,300 EUR+8%
Bistro Attendant6,610 EUR-31%
Buffet Chef9,980 EUR+4%
Buffet Host6,600 EUR-31%
Buffet Manager10,700 EUR+12%
Butcher and Slaughterer6,500 EUR-32%
Cafeteria Manager9,700 EUR+1%
Cake Decorator7,730 EUR-19%
Casino Shift Manager12,100 EUR+26%
Chain Store Customer Support8,590 EUR-10%
Chef9,580 EUR+0%
Club Manager11,700 EUR+22%
Cluster Director13,400 EUR+40%
Cluster Revenue Manager13,800 EUR+44%
Cocktail Server6,780 EUR-29%
Coffee Shop Manager12,400 EUR+29%
Concierge6,850 EUR-28%
Confectionery Baker7,280 EUR-24%
Conference Services Manager10,200 EUR+7%
Cook9,030 EUR-6%
Corporate Sous Chef11,500 EUR+20%
Corporate Travel Consultant9,730 EUR+2%
Croupier8,300 EUR-13%
Culinary Assistant7,570 EUR-21%
Culinary Associate8,020 EUR-16%
Dietary Aide8,810 EUR-8%
Dining Room Supervisor9,800 EUR+2%
Dishwasher4,390 EUR-54%
Duty Manager11,100 EUR+16%
Events Coordinator8,970 EUR-6%
Executive Chef9,940 EUR+4%
Executive Pastry Chef8,480 EUR-11%
Fast Food Cook8,870 EUR-7%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor10,000 EUR+4%
Fine Dining Cook10,400 EUR+9%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef10,400 EUR+9%
Fleet Manager11,600 EUR+21%
Food and Beverage Manager11,900 EUR+24%
Food Consultant12,200 EUR+27%
Food Safety Coordinator10,800 EUR+13%
Food Server6,720 EUR-30%
Food Service Director11,900 EUR+24%
Food Service Manager12,100 EUR+26%
Food Service Sales10,300 EUR+8%
Food Service Worker6,780 EUR-29%
Front Desk Agent7,820 EUR-18%
Front Office Manager11,000 EUR+15%
Guest Service Executive12,900 EUR+35%
Guest Service Representative8,560 EUR-11%
Head Concierge8,570 EUR-11%
Hospitality Director16,200 EUR+69%
Hostess / Host8,560 EUR-11%
Hotel Desk Clerk6,600 EUR-31%
Hotel Maid4,940 EUR-48%
Hotel Manager16,000 EUR+67%
Hotel Sales Manager13,500 EUR+41%
Hotel Service Supervisor12,000 EUR+25%
Hotel Staff8,630 EUR-10%
Inventory Coordinator7,610 EUR-21%
Kitchen Manager10,100 EUR+5%
Kitchen Staff7,630 EUR-20%
Kitchen Supervisor8,950 EUR-7%
Line Cook9,210 EUR-4%
Luggage Porter4,750 EUR-50%
Motel Manager11,200 EUR+17%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant5,710 EUR-40%
Production Operator6,270 EUR-35%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator8,230 EUR-14%
Receptionist7,910 EUR-17%
Regional Restaurant Manager15,200 EUR+59%
Restaurant Manager13,800 EUR+44%
Room Reservations Manager12,200 EUR+27%
Room Service Manager12,000 EUR+25%
Sous Chef8,490 EUR-11%
Supervisor of Food Services10,400 EUR+9%
Tour Consultant10,200 EUR+7%
Travel Agent9,630 EUR+1%
Travel Consultant9,750 EUR+2%
Waiter / Waitress6,980 EUR-27%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Berlin9,970 EUR
Bremen8,660 EUR
Dortmund8,750 EUR
Dresden8,730 EUR
Dusseldorf9,290 EUR
Essen9,020 EUR
Frankfurt9,860 EUR
Hamburg10,700 EUR
Hannover7,870 EUR
Koln10,100 EUR
Leipzig9,000 EUR
Munchen10,400 EUR
Nurnberg8,270 EUR
Stuttgart9,390 EUR
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