A person working as a Chef in Iceland typically earns around 388,000 ISK per month. Salaries range from 179,000 ISK (lowest) to 617,000 ISK (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 salaries in Iceland range from 179,000 ISK per month (minimum salary) to 617,000 ISK per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 419,000 ISK per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Chef(s) are earning less than 419,000 ISK while the other half are earning more than 419,000 ISK. 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 269,000 ISK while 75% of them are earning more than 269,000 ISK. Also from the diagram, 75% of Chef(s) are earning less than 560,000 ISK while 25% are earning more than 560,000 ISK.
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 203,000 ISK per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 271,000 ISK 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 400,000 ISK per month, 48% 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 488,000 ISK 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 532,000 ISK 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 576,000 ISK per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+34%|
|5 - 10 Years||+48%|
|10 - 15 Years||+22%|
|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 236,000 ISK per month.
While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 455,000 ISK per month, 93% more than someone having a High School degree.
|Certificate or Diploma||+93%|
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 Iceland earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.
Chef(s) in Iceland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% every 29 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 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 Iceland for the year 2021. 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.
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.
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.
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 15% less than that of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. Also, Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 33% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|All Rounder||250,000 ISK||-36%|
|Assistant Executive Housekeeper||200,000 ISK||-48%|
|Assistant Food and Beverage Director||862,000 ISK||+120%|
|Assistant Hospitality Manager||902,000 ISK||+130%|
|Assistant Storekeeper||176,000 ISK||-55%|
|Assistant Tour Manager||420,000 ISK||+8%|
|Baker and Pastrycook||218,000 ISK||-44%|
|Bakery Manager||479,000 ISK||+23%|
|Bakery Superintendent||312,000 ISK||-20%|
|Banquet Manager||331,000 ISK||-15%|
|Banquet Server||219,000 ISK||-44%|
|Bar Attendant||208,000 ISK||-46%|
|Bar Manager||429,000 ISK||+10%|
|Bar Supervisor||295,000 ISK||-24%|
|Beverage Manager||499,000 ISK||+29%|
|Bistro Attendant||221,000 ISK||-43%|
|Buffet Chef||374,000 ISK||-4%|
|Buffet Host||202,000 ISK||-48%|
|Buffet Manager||451,000 ISK||+16%|
|Butcher and Slaughterer||169,000 ISK||-56%|
|Cafeteria Manager||384,000 ISK||-1%|
|Cake Decorator||237,000 ISK||-39%|
|Casino Shift Manager||702,000 ISK||+81%|
|Chain Store Customer Support||340,000 ISK||-12%|
|Club Manager||736,000 ISK||+90%|
|Cluster Director||936,000 ISK||+140%|
|Cluster Revenue Manager||733,000 ISK||+89%|
|Cocktail Server||219,000 ISK||-44%|
|Coffee Shop Manager||701,000 ISK||+81%|
|Confectionery Baker||232,000 ISK||-40%|
|Conference Services Manager||484,000 ISK||+25%|
|Corporate Sous Chef||570,000 ISK||+47%|
|Corporate Travel Consultant||584,000 ISK||+50%|
|Culinary Assistant||184,000 ISK||-53%|
|Culinary Associate||183,000 ISK||-53%|
|Dietary Aide||410,000 ISK||+6%|
|Dining Room Supervisor||353,000 ISK||-9%|
|Duty Manager||473,000 ISK||+22%|
|Events Coordinator||322,000 ISK||-17%|
|Executive Chef||448,000 ISK||+15%|
|Executive Pastry Chef||370,000 ISK||-5%|
|Fast Food Cook||316,000 ISK||-19%|
|Fast Food Shift Supervisor||352,000 ISK||-9%|
|Fine Dining Cook||557,000 ISK||+43%|
|Fine Dining Restaurant Chef||560,000 ISK||+44%|
|Fleet Manager||983,000 ISK||+150%|
|Food and Beverage Manager||749,000 ISK||+93%|
|Food Consultant||616,000 ISK||+59%|
|Food Safety Coordinator||454,000 ISK||+17%|
|Food Server||215,000 ISK||-45%|
|Food Service Director||807,000 ISK||+110%|
|Food Service Manager||825,000 ISK||+110%|
|Food Service Sales||520,000 ISK||+34%|
|Food Service Worker||201,000 ISK||-48%|
|Front Desk Agent||246,000 ISK||-37%|
|Front Office Manager||437,000 ISK||+13%|
|Guest Service Executive||687,000 ISK||+77%|
|Guest Service Representative||285,000 ISK||-27%|
|Head Concierge||307,000 ISK||-21%|
|Hospitality Director||1,200,000 ISK||+210%|
|Hostess / Host||250,000 ISK||-36%|
|Hotel Desk Clerk||246,000 ISK||-37%|
|Hotel Maid||171,000 ISK||-56%|
|Hotel Manager||1,220,000 ISK||+210%|
|Hotel Sales Manager||858,000 ISK||+120%|
|Hotel Service Supervisor||687,000 ISK||+77%|
|Hotel Staff||221,000 ISK||-43%|
|Inventory Coordinator||264,000 ISK||-32%|
|Kitchen Manager||417,000 ISK||+7%|
|Kitchen Staff||228,000 ISK||-41%|
|Kitchen Supervisor||341,000 ISK||-12%|
|Line Cook||381,000 ISK||-2%|
|Luggage Porter||173,000 ISK||-55%|
|Motel Manager||685,000 ISK||+76%|
|Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant||233,000 ISK||-40%|
|Production Operator||331,000 ISK||-15%|
|Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator||379,000 ISK||-2%|
|Regional Restaurant Manager||962,000 ISK||+150%|
|Restaurant Manager||819,000 ISK||+110%|
|Room Reservations Manager||808,000 ISK||+110%|
|Room Service Manager||767,000 ISK||+98%|
|Sous Chef||429,000 ISK||+10%|
|Supervisor of Food Services||565,000 ISK||+46%|
|Tour Consultant||567,000 ISK||+46%|
|Travel Agent||423,000 ISK||+9%|
|Travel Consultant||556,000 ISK||+43%|
|Waiter / Waitress||211,000 ISK||-46%|
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Iceland earn 25% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.