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Chef Average Salary in South Africa 2024

How much money does a person working as Chef make in South Africa?

Average Monthly Salary
21,000 ZAR
( 252,000 ZAR yearly)

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

A person working as Chef in South Africa typically earns around 21,000 ZAR. Salaries range from 9,670 ZAR (lowest) to 33,400 ZAR (highest).

Salary Variance

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

Chef Pay Scale and Salaries in South Africa

Median and salary distribution South Africa Chef monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
19,900 ZAR or more
10% of people earn
17,500 to 19,900 ZAR
20% of people earn
12,000 ZAR or less
65% of people earn
12,000 to 17,500 ZAR
Minimum Salary
9,670 ZAR
20,100 ZAR
33,400 ZAR

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries for the position Chef in South Africa range from 9,670 ZAR (starting salary) to 33,400 ZAR (maximum salary). It should be noted that the given figure is not the legally mandated minimum wage; rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that included thousands of participants and professionals from all regions of the country.

  • Median Salary

    With a median salary of 20,100 ZAR, half of the professionals who work as Chef in South Africa earn less than this amount, and the other half earn more. The median salary denotes the middle value of salaries. Ideally, you would want to belong to the group earning more than the median salary, located on the right side of the salary distribution graph.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    The median is closely associated with two other values known as the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution chart, it can be determined that 25% of professionals employed as Chef in South Africa earn less than 16,200 ZAR, while 75% earn more. Similarly, the chart shows that 75% earn less than 23,200 ZAR while 25% earn more.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    To provide a better understanding of expected salaries, we categorized the frequently occurring salaries into different ranges. This approach provides a more precise representation of salary distribution for the job title Chef in South Africa compared to simply calculating the average. The majority of reported salaries, approximately 65%, fall within the range of 12,000 ZAR to 17,500 ZAR. About 20% of salaries are below the 12,000 ZAR mark, while 10% fall within the range of 17,500 ZAR to 19,900 ZAR. Only 5% of individuals have salaries exceeding 19,900 ZAR.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience / Chef / South Africa

How do experience and age affect pay?

0 - 2 Years
11,000 ZAR
2 - 5 Years+34%
14,700 ZAR
5 - 10 Years+48%
21,700 ZAR
10 - 15 Years+22%
26,400 ZAR
15 - 20 Years+9%
28,800 ZAR
20+ Years+8%
31,200 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by years of experience monthly South Africa 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 the wage. We broke down salaries by experience level for people working as Chef and this is what we found.

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.

Employees with less than two years of experience earn approximately 11,000 ZAR.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 14,700 ZAR, 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 21,700 ZAR, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

Additionally, professionals whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 26,400 ZAR, 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 28,800 ZAR, 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 31,200 ZAR, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty 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.

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Salary Comparison By Education / Chef / South Africa

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary variance between different education levels of professionals working as Chef.

High School
12,800 ZAR
Certificate or Diploma+93%
24,600 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by education level monthly South Africa 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 salaries by education level for the position Chef in order to make a comparison.

Level 1: High School

Employees at this education level have an average salary of 12,800 ZAR.

Level 2: Certificate or Diploma

At this level, the average salary becomes 24,600 ZAR, 93% more than the previous level.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Chef / South Africa

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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? For the people who work as Chef in South Africa, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 12%.

22,200 ZAR
19,900 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in South Africa for all Careers

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Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage / Chef / South Africa

How much are annual salary increments in South Africa for individuals working as Chef? How often do employees get salary raises?

Individuals working as Chef in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate South Africa 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.

South Africa / 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 rare 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 South Africa is 5%.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Bonus and Incentive Rates / Chef / South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate South Africa Chef
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42% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 58% 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.

Average Hourly Wage / Chef / South Africa

120 ZAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) for individuals working as Chef in South Africa is 120 ZAR.This is the rate they get paid for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary / ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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 fixed 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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for people working as Chef in South Africa is 56 ZAR. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering-100%
Airbnb Property Manager36,100 ZAR+72%
All Rounder13,800 ZAR-34%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper9,470 ZAR-55%
Assistant Food and Beverage Controller18,300 ZAR-13%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director40,700 ZAR+94%
Assistant Hospitality Manager43,600 ZAR+110%
Assistant Storekeeper8,760 ZAR-58%
Assistant Tour Manager20,900 ZAR-1%
Baker and Pastrycook11,500 ZAR-45%
Bakery Manager24,800 ZAR+18%
Bakery Superintendent16,600 ZAR-21%
Banquet Captain12,300 ZAR-42%
Banquet Manager17,600 ZAR-16%
Banquet Server9,980 ZAR-53%
Bar Attendant11,100 ZAR-47%
Bar Manager22,400 ZAR+7%
Bar Supervisor15,500 ZAR-26%
Barista13,200 ZAR-37%
Bartender13,100 ZAR-38%
Bellman10,500 ZAR-50%
Beverage Manager26,700 ZAR+27%
Bistro Attendant10,900 ZAR-48%
Buffet Chef20,300 ZAR-3%
Buffet Host10,800 ZAR-49%
Buffet Manager24,200 ZAR+15%
Butcher and Slaughterer9,100 ZAR-57%
Cafeteria Assistant11,300 ZAR-46%
Cafeteria Manager20,700 ZAR-2%
Cafeteria Supervisor14,100 ZAR-33%
Cake Decorator12,500 ZAR-41%
Casino Shift Manager38,000 ZAR+81%
Chain Store Customer Support17,100 ZAR-19%
Chef21,000 ZAR-0%
Chef De Cuisine28,500 ZAR+36%
Club Manager40,200 ZAR+91%
Cluster Director50,600 ZAR+140%
Cluster Revenue Manager39,700 ZAR+89%
Cocktail Server10,500 ZAR-50%
Coffee Shop Manager38,000 ZAR+81%
Concierge9,670 ZAR-54%
Confectionery Baker12,800 ZAR-39%
Conference and Sales Coordinator18,200 ZAR-13%
Conference Services Manager22,600 ZAR+7%
Cook18,300 ZAR-13%
Corporate Sous Chef30,000 ZAR+43%
Corporate Travel Consultant29,300 ZAR+39%
Croupier14,400 ZAR-32%
Culinary Assistant9,330 ZAR-56%
Culinary Associate9,340 ZAR-56%
Culinary Tour Guide26,000 ZAR+24%
Demi Chef19,700 ZAR-6%
Dietary Aide20,400 ZAR-3%
Dining Room Supervisor19,400 ZAR-8%
Dishwasher8,690 ZAR-59%
Duty Manager25,100 ZAR+19%
Events Coordinator15,100 ZAR-28%
Executive Chef24,400 ZAR+16%
Executive Pastry Chef18,500 ZAR-12%
Fast Food Cook17,300 ZAR-18%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor17,500 ZAR-17%
Fine Dining Cook30,600 ZAR+46%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef30,500 ZAR+45%
Fleet Manager51,200 ZAR+140%
Food and Beverage Manager39,500 ZAR+88%
Food and Beverage Trend Analyst26,800 ZAR+27%
Food Consultant32,600 ZAR+55%
Food Photographer21,400 ZAR+2%
Food Policy Analyst28,800 ZAR+37%
Food Safety Auditor26,900 ZAR+28%
Food Safety Compliance Manager31,100 ZAR+48%
Food Safety Coordinator24,100 ZAR+15%
Food Server9,730 ZAR-54%
Food Service Director36,600 ZAR+74%
Food Service Manager42,600 ZAR+100%
Food Service Sales23,700 ZAR+13%
Food Service Worker10,400 ZAR-51%
Food Stylist17,400 ZAR-17%
Food Sustainability Consultant30,800 ZAR+46%
Front Desk Agent12,100 ZAR-42%
Front Desk Clerk12,400 ZAR-41%
Front Office Manager22,000 ZAR+5%
Gastronomy Consultant24,300 ZAR+16%
Guest Service Executive33,900 ZAR+61%
Guest Service Representative13,000 ZAR-38%
Head Chef 24,300 ZAR+16%
Head Concierge16,300 ZAR-22%
Hospitality Director61,700 ZAR+190%
Hospitality Technology Specialist25,100 ZAR+19%
Hostess / Host11,400 ZAR-46%
Hotel Desk Clerk11,600 ZAR-45%
Hotel Maid8,990 ZAR-57%
Hotel Manager55,800 ZAR+170%
Hotel Revenue Manager35,400 ZAR+68%
Hotel Sales Manager44,800 ZAR+110%
Hotel Service Supervisor31,400 ZAR+49%
Hotel Staff10,900 ZAR-48%
Inventory Coordinator13,100 ZAR-38%
Kitchen Manager19,100 ZAR-9%
Kitchen Staff10,500 ZAR-50%
Kitchen Supervisor18,000 ZAR-14%
Line Cook18,000 ZAR-14%
Luggage Porter8,420 ZAR-60%
Molecular Gastronomist30,200 ZAR+44%
Motel Manager31,500 ZAR+50%
Pastry Chef16,900 ZAR-20%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant10,800 ZAR-49%
Personal Chef24,100 ZAR+15%
Production Operator17,600 ZAR-16%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator18,100 ZAR-14%
Receptionist12,500 ZAR-41%
Regional Restaurant Manager44,500 ZAR+110%
Restaurant Manager38,000 ZAR+81%
Restaurant Server10,600 ZAR-50%
Room Reservations Manager37,500 ZAR+78%
Room Service Manager35,700 ZAR+70%
Sous Chef23,400 ZAR+11%
Special Events Coordinator22,800 ZAR+8%
Supervisor of Food Services26,300 ZAR+25%
Sustainable Catering Coordinator22,900 ZAR+9%
Sustainable Tourism Consultant25,700 ZAR+22%
Tour Consultant30,100 ZAR+43%
Tour Guide18,600 ZAR-12%
Tour Manager27,100 ZAR+29%
Travel Agent19,800 ZAR-6%
Travel Consultant30,700 ZAR+46%
Virtual / Augmented Reality Tourism Specialist23,400 ZAR+11%
Waiter / Waitress9,900 ZAR-53%
Wedding Planner31,100 ZAR+48%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Cape Town22,000 ZAR
Johannesburg19,800 ZAR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working in a private company or the government? The difference between the public or government sector salaries and the private sector salaries in South Africa is 7% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
30,400 ZAR
Public Sector+7%
32,400 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary for the job title Chef in South Africa?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 20,100 ZAR and 23,200 ZAR. This is a very rough estimate. Experience and education play a very huge part in the final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for a careers like Chef in South Africa ranges from 9,670 ZAR to 16,200 ZAR. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range with a grain of salt.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people earn 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

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