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Executive Chef Average Salary in Hong Kong 2020

How much money does an Executive Chef make in Hong Kong?

Average Monthly Salary
36,900 HKD
( 443,000 HKD yearly)


A person working as an Executive Chef in Hong Kong typically earns around 36,900 HKD per month. Salaries range from 17,300 HKD (lowest) to 58,300 HKD (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Executive Chef salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Executive Chef Salary Distribution in Hong Kong

Median and salary distribution monthly Hong Kong Executive Chef
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Executive Chef salaries in Hong Kong range from 17,300 HKD per month (minimum salary) to 58,300 HKD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 39,100 HKD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Executive Chef(s) are earning less than 39,100 HKD while the other half are earning more than 39,100 HKD. 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 Executive Chef(s) are earning less than 25,400 HKD while 75% of them are earning more than 25,400 HKD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Executive Chef(s) are earning less than 51,600 HKD while 25% are earning more than 51,600 HKD.

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

Executive Chef Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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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 Executive Chef salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Executive Chef with less than two years of experience makes approximately 20,000 HKD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 27,600 HKD per month, 38% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 39,300 HKD per month, 42% 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, Executive Chef(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 47,900 HKD 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 50,500 HKD per month, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 55,000 HKD per month, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Executive Chef average salary change by experience in Hong Kong

0 - 2 Years
20,000 HKD
2 - 5 Years+38%
27,600 HKD
5 - 10 Years+42%
39,300 HKD
10 - 15 Years+22%
47,900 HKD
15 - 20 Years+6%
50,500 HKD
20+ Years+9%
55,000 HKD
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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Executive Chef Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Executive Chef(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level monthly Hong Kong Executive 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 Executive Chef salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of an Executive Chef is 25,100 HKD per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 45,600 HKD per month, 82% more than someone having a High School degree.

Executive Chef average salary difference by education level in Hong Kong

High School
25,100 HKD
Certificate or Diploma+82%
45,600 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Executive 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 Executive Chef employees in Hong Kong earn 13% more than their female counterparts.

34,900 HKD
39,500 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Hong Kong for all Careers

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Executive Chef Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Hong Kong

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

Executive Chef

Executive Chef(s) in Hong Kong are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 6% every 30 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Hong Kong Executive 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.

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Annual Salary Increment Rate Hong Kong
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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 Hong Kong is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Hong Kong 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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Executive Chef Bonus and Incentive Rates in Hong Kong

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Hong Kong Executive Chef
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An Executive 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.

60% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 40% 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

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Executive Chef employees in Hong Kong earn 10% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
44,700 HKD
Public Sector+10%
49,300 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Executive Chef Salary Trend and Forecast in Hong Kong

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Hong Kong Executive Chef
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Average Salary 2016
32,500 HKD
Average Salary 2017+4%
33,700 HKD
Average Salary 2018+3%
34,800 HKD
Average Salary 2019+3%
35,900 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Executive Chef salaries in Hong Kong 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.

Executive Chef Average Hourly Wage in Hong Kong

210 HKD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Hong Kong is 210 HKD. This means that the average Executive Chef in Hong Kong earns approximately 210 HKD 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.

Executive Chef VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Executive Chef and Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering monthly Hong Kong
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The average salary for Executive Chef is 3% 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 Rounder31,100 HKD-16%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper26,600 HKD-28%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director50,800 HKD+38%
Assistant Hospitality Manager50,500 HKD+37%
Assistant Storekeeper22,300 HKD-40%
Assistant Tour Manager38,800 HKD+5%
Baker and Pastrycook28,000 HKD-24%
Bakery Manager42,600 HKD+15%
Bakery Superintendent33,900 HKD-8%
Banquet Manager34,300 HKD-7%
Banquet Server28,200 HKD-24%
Bar Attendant28,300 HKD-23%
Bar Manager44,200 HKD+20%
Bar Supervisor34,000 HKD-8%
Barista29,500 HKD-20%
Bartender28,700 HKD-22%
Bellman23,300 HKD-37%
Beverage Manager41,100 HKD+11%
Bistro Attendant27,200 HKD-26%
Buffet Chef36,500 HKD-1%
Buffet Host24,200 HKD-34%
Buffet Manager39,700 HKD+8%
Butcher and Slaughterer24,600 HKD-33%
Cafeteria Manager37,400 HKD+1%
Cake Decorator28,500 HKD-23%
Casino Shift Manager47,400 HKD+28%
Chain Store Customer Support33,900 HKD-8%
Chef34,500 HKD-7%
Club Manager45,100 HKD+22%
Cluster Director52,700 HKD+43%
Cluster Revenue Manager49,900 HKD+35%
Cocktail Server24,600 HKD-33%
Coffee Shop Manager45,500 HKD+23%
Concierge25,900 HKD-30%
Confectionery Baker27,300 HKD-26%
Conference Services Manager37,400 HKD+1%
Cook31,900 HKD-14%
Corporate Sous Chef43,800 HKD+19%
Corporate Travel Consultant37,800 HKD+2%
Croupier34,100 HKD-8%
Culinary Assistant26,900 HKD-27%
Culinary Associate29,000 HKD-21%
Dietary Aide33,100 HKD-10%
Dining Room Supervisor36,200 HKD-2%
Dishwasher16,500 HKD-55%
Duty Manager41,100 HKD+11%
Events Coordinator34,400 HKD-7%
Executive Chef36,900 HKD-0%
Executive Pastry Chef32,400 HKD-12%
Fast Food Cook31,800 HKD-14%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor37,000 HKD+0%
Fine Dining Cook37,900 HKD+3%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef39,400 HKD+7%
Fleet Manager46,000 HKD+25%
Food and Beverage Manager46,900 HKD+27%
Food Consultant49,000 HKD+33%
Food Safety Coordinator40,000 HKD+8%
Food Server26,100 HKD-29%
Food Service Director46,900 HKD+27%
Food Service Manager44,300 HKD+20%
Food Service Sales41,100 HKD+11%
Food Service Worker27,800 HKD-25%
Front Desk Agent32,200 HKD-13%
Front Office Manager40,600 HKD+10%
Guest Service Executive48,600 HKD+32%
Guest Service Representative34,800 HKD-6%
Head Concierge33,200 HKD-10%
Hospitality Director62,400 HKD+69%
Hostess / Host34,800 HKD-6%
Hotel Desk Clerk26,200 HKD-29%
Hotel Maid18,900 HKD-49%
Hotel Manager66,100 HKD+79%
Hotel Sales Manager54,300 HKD+47%
Hotel Service Supervisor45,800 HKD+24%
Hotel Staff32,600 HKD-12%
Inventory Coordinator29,700 HKD-20%
Kitchen Manager39,000 HKD+6%
Kitchen Staff30,000 HKD-19%
Kitchen Supervisor35,300 HKD-4%
Line Cook35,900 HKD-3%
Luggage Porter18,000 HKD-51%
Motel Manager44,900 HKD+22%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant23,200 HKD-37%
Production Operator23,500 HKD-36%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator29,400 HKD-20%
Receptionist32,400 HKD-12%
Regional Restaurant Manager56,700 HKD+54%
Restaurant Manager52,200 HKD+41%
Room Reservations Manager47,100 HKD+28%
Room Service Manager46,900 HKD+27%
Sous Chef32,100 HKD-13%
Supervisor of Food Services41,300 HKD+12%
Tour Consultant38,700 HKD+5%
Travel Agent35,300 HKD-4%
Travel Consultant36,600 HKD-1%
Waiter / Waitress26,000 HKD-30%
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