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Chef Average Salary in Thailand 2024

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

Average Monthly Salary
62,000 THB
( 744,000 THB 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 Thailand typically earns around 62,000 THB. Salaries range from 30,400 THB (lowest) to 96,700 THB (highest).

Salary Variance

This is the average salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Chef salaries in Thailand 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 Thailand

Median and salary distribution Thailand Chef monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
57,500 THB or more
10% of people earn
50,800 to 57,500 THB
20% of people earn
36,100 THB or less
65% of people earn
36,100 to 50,800 THB
Minimum Salary
30,400 THB
57,800 THB
96,700 THB

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 Thailand range from 30,400 THB (starting salary) to 96,700 THB (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 57,800 THB, half of the professionals who work as Chef in Thailand 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 Thailand earn less than 47,300 THB, while 75% earn more. Similarly, the chart shows that 75% earn less than 66,100 THB 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 Thailand compared to simply calculating the average. The majority of reported salaries, approximately 65%, fall within the range of 36,100 THB to 50,800 THB. About 20% of salaries are below the 36,100 THB mark, while 10% fall within the range of 50,800 THB to 57,500 THB. Only 5% of individuals have salaries exceeding 57,500 THB.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience / Chef / Thailand

How do experience and age affect pay?

0 - 2 Years
36,000 THB
2 - 5 Years+29%
46,300 THB
5 - 10 Years+38%
63,900 THB
10 - 15 Years+24%
79,200 THB
15 - 20 Years+7%
84,800 THB
20+ Years+7%
90,400 THB
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Thailand 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 36,000 THB.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 46,300 THB, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 63,900 THB, 38% 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 79,200 THB, 24% 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 84,800 THB, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 90,400 THB, 7% 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 / Thailand

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

High School
51,000 THB
Certificate or Diploma+65%
84,100 THB
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
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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 51,000 THB.

Level 2: Certificate or Diploma

At this level, the average salary becomes 84,100 THB, 65% more than the previous level.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Chef / Thailand

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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 Thailand, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 9%.

64,300 THB
58,700 THB
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Thailand for all Careers

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Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage / Chef / Thailand

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

Individuals working as Chef in Thailand are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 months.

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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.

Thailand / 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 Thailand is 6%.

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 / Thailand

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Thailand Chef
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45% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 55% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% 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 / Thailand

360 THB per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) for individuals working as Chef in Thailand is 360 THB.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 Thailand is 180 THB. 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

Job TitleAverage Salary
Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering-100%
Airbnb Property Manager106,000 THB+71%
All Rounder41,200 THB-34%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper29,300 THB-53%
Assistant Food and Beverage Controller58,100 THB-6%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director124,000 THB+100%
Assistant Hospitality Manager142,000 THB+130%
Assistant Storekeeper26,500 THB-57%
Assistant Tour Manager61,400 THB-1%
Baker and Pastrycook35,600 THB-43%
Bakery Manager71,400 THB+15%
Bakery Superintendent46,800 THB-25%
Banquet Captain38,700 THB-38%
Banquet Manager50,500 THB-19%
Banquet Server32,000 THB-48%
Bar Attendant32,200 THB-48%
Bar Manager69,300 THB+12%
Bar Supervisor48,400 THB-22%
Barista38,000 THB-39%
Bartender38,700 THB-38%
Bellman30,600 THB-51%
Beverage Manager80,000 THB+29%
Bistro Attendant32,900 THB-47%
Buffet Chef60,700 THB-2%
Buffet Host32,900 THB-47%
Buffet Manager74,600 THB+20%
Butcher and Slaughterer25,700 THB-59%
Cafeteria Assistant35,600 THB-43%
Cafeteria Manager59,400 THB-4%
Cafeteria Supervisor44,400 THB-28%
Cake Decorator38,700 THB-38%
Casino Shift Manager110,000 THB+77%
Chain Store Customer Support53,900 THB-13%
Chef62,000 THB-0%
Chef De Cuisine88,400 THB+43%
Club Manager113,000 THB+82%
Cluster Director147,000 THB+140%
Cluster Revenue Manager117,000 THB+89%
Cocktail Server31,900 THB-49%
Coffee Shop Manager114,000 THB+84%
Concierge31,200 THB-50%
Confectionery Baker38,700 THB-38%
Conference and Sales Coordinator59,500 THB-4%
Conference Services Manager71,000 THB+14%
Cook52,400 THB-15%
Corporate Sous Chef87,400 THB+41%
Corporate Travel Consultant91,000 THB+47%
Croupier41,400 THB-33%
Culinary Assistant29,000 THB-53%
Culinary Associate29,400 THB-53%
Culinary Tour Guide76,900 THB+24%
Demi Chef60,200 THB-3%
Dietary Aide61,800 THB-0%
Dining Room Supervisor57,900 THB-7%
Dishwasher26,300 THB-58%
Duty Manager77,300 THB+25%
Events Coordinator49,500 THB-20%
Executive Chef73,900 THB+19%
Executive Pastry Chef56,800 THB-8%
Fast Food Cook50,300 THB-19%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor52,200 THB-16%
Fine Dining Cook90,100 THB+45%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef93,700 THB+51%
Fleet Manager156,000 THB+150%
Food and Beverage Manager119,000 THB+92%
Food and Beverage Trend Analyst77,100 THB+24%
Food Consultant99,100 THB+60%
Food Photographer63,600 THB+3%
Food Policy Analyst86,700 THB+40%
Food Safety Auditor81,900 THB+32%
Food Safety Compliance Manager96,200 THB+55%
Food Safety Coordinator74,200 THB+20%
Food Server30,300 THB-51%
Food Service Director116,000 THB+87%
Food Service Manager134,000 THB+120%
Food Service Sales75,800 THB+22%
Food Service Worker30,000 THB-52%
Food Stylist54,700 THB-12%
Food Sustainability Consultant88,500 THB+43%
Front Desk Agent36,600 THB-41%
Front Desk Clerk35,000 THB-44%
Front Office Manager64,600 THB+4%
Gastronomy Consultant72,800 THB+17%
Guest Service Executive104,000 THB+68%
Guest Service Representative42,300 THB-32%
Head Chef 77,700 THB+25%
Head Concierge47,600 THB-23%
Hospitality Director186,000 THB+200%
Hospitality Technology Specialist74,800 THB+21%
Hostess / Host37,000 THB-40%
Hotel Desk Clerk35,300 THB-43%
Hotel Maid26,200 THB-58%
Hotel Manager184,000 THB+200%
Hotel Revenue Manager107,000 THB+73%
Hotel Sales Manager139,000 THB+120%
Hotel Service Supervisor105,000 THB+69%
Hotel Staff33,500 THB-46%
Inventory Coordinator41,400 THB-33%
Kitchen Manager58,500 THB-6%
Kitchen Staff32,600 THB-47%
Kitchen Supervisor54,100 THB-13%
Line Cook53,900 THB-13%
Luggage Porter26,300 THB-58%
Molecular Gastronomist86,800 THB+40%
Motel Manager99,300 THB+60%
Pastry Chef54,100 THB-13%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant34,400 THB-45%
Personal Chef76,200 THB+23%
Production Operator49,700 THB-20%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator54,200 THB-13%
Receptionist39,000 THB-37%
Regional Restaurant Manager144,000 THB+130%
Restaurant Manager125,000 THB+100%
Restaurant Server30,400 THB-51%
Room Reservations Manager125,000 THB+100%
Room Service Manager109,000 THB+76%
Sous Chef71,800 THB+16%
Special Events Coordinator69,900 THB+13%
Supervisor of Food Services81,600 THB+32%
Sustainable Catering Coordinator76,000 THB+23%
Sustainable Tourism Consultant78,300 THB+26%
Tour Consultant86,500 THB+39%
Tour Guide60,400 THB-3%
Tour Manager76,700 THB+24%
Travel Agent62,100 THB+0%
Travel Consultant92,800 THB+50%
Virtual / Augmented Reality Tourism Specialist74,700 THB+20%
Waiter / Waitress31,500 THB-49%
Wedding Planner101,000 THB+63%

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 Thailand is 7% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
94,300 THB
Public Sector+7%
101,000 THB
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 Thailand?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 57,800 THB and 66,100 THB. 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 Thailand ranges from 30,400 THB to 47,300 THB. 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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