Salary for Private Household Cooks

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Cooks working in private households are often titled “Personal Chefs” and prepare meals for those living at a particular residence according to nutritional and dietary needs and preferences. They are charged with the responsibility of planning menus that meet employer standards, organizing inventory lists, shopping for needed food items and preparing meals in a timely manner. They are detail-oriented individuals with superior time management skills who are often called upon to additionally plan large gatherings, parties or luncheons. They take care to make sure their kitchen and meals meet safety and health standards and properly manage additional kitchen employees at the residence. An associate's degree or related vocational school training is required for employment in this professional field.

A Private Household Cook gets an average compensation that can range from $27,860 - $98,980 based on education and experience. Private Cooks can get an average compensation of fourty-six thousand eight hundred and ten dollars per annum.

Private Cooks are compensated most highly in California, where they earn average job salaries of close to about $35,690. People in this category of job can expect the highest salaries in Other Services (except Public Administration), which has a compensation of $35,250.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 107.94 percent nationwide in that time.


Private Household Cooks tend to make the most in the following industries:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
Health Care and Social Assistance

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Health Care and Social Assistance
Other Services (except Public Administration)