Personal Chefs

Median Salary: $24,700

Many personal chefs across the U.S. share a few important professional traits. For example, attention to detail, initiative, and achievement/effort can be essential for success in the industry, especially when blended with career training. Around 770 people were working as personal chefs nationwide in 2009. With that much workplace competition, it's critical to cultivate these characteristics and receive top-notch training, particularly if you're looking to move forward in the field.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual income for personal chefs in the U.S. was $24,700 in 2009, which works out to a median hourly wage of $11.90. Of course, income can vary with training and by place. Below, you'll find more data about personal chefs, including wages and job density for metropolitan areas all over the U.S..

Personal chefs should be skilled in:

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
  • Finger Dexterity
  • Selective Attention
  • Speech Recognition
  • Speech Clarity

Different people go into different careers; personal chefs are typically:

  • Artistic
  • Realistic
  • Enterprising

Working as a personal chef requires knowledge in subjects like:

  • Food Production
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • English Language

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Below, you'll see links to more information on the top cities for this occupation (based on the number of people working as personal chefs). Note: "Job density" refers to the proportion of personal chefs in each city as compared to the national average.

New York
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
New York (Area) NA $24,300 $11.70 $27,500 $13.20 NA