Average Chef salary in South Africa 2024

Average Chef salary

The average chef salary in South Africa is R12,593.00 per month. The city in which a chef works has an impact on their salary. Not every city in South Africa pays the same rate. Here is an outlook of the highest-paying cities for Chefs in South Africa. 

#CityAverage Monthly Salary 
1Johannesburg, Gauteng R18,899.00
2Sandton, Gauteng R18,492.00
3Cape Town, Western Cape R17,261.00
4Pretoria, Gauteng R10,968.00
5Randburg, Gauteng R10,711.00
6Bloemfontein, Free State R9,084.00
7Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal R9,027.00
8Stellenbosch, Western Cape R8,253.00
9Durban, KwaZulu-Natal R6,519.00

According to information gathered from Indeed.com, the table above shows the cities in South Africa with the highest average salaries.

Performance bonuses can be added to a chef’s basic salary. In South Africa, a chef can receive a performance bonus of up to R49,000.00 yearly. As a result, a performance bonus accounts for a sizable amount of a chef’s pay.

A chef in South Africa can also obtain benefits. Benefits for chefs include medical insurance, a provident fund, and retirement annuities. A portion of the premiums is covered by the employer.

The amount a chef is paid depends on their level of education. A chef with a high school diploma makes an average salary of R12,800.00 per month. Higher certificate or diploma holders earn an average monthly salary of R24,600.00. A chef with a certificate or diploma typically earns 93% more than one who only has a high school diploma.

One of the key elements in deciding a Chef’s salary is their level of experience. According to their level of experience, chefs typically earn the following average income:

Average Chef salary with 0 – 2 years of work experience in 2024 

A Chef with 0 to 2 years of work experience makes an average monthly pay of R11,000. Those with 2 years of work experience earn the most in this category. The average monthly salary for those with 2 years of work experience is R11,800.00. A Chef with 2 years of experience can earn up to R15,000.00 per month in salary.

Chefs with 0 years of experience earn the least salary in this group. Those with 0 years of work experience earn an average salary of R10,100.00 per month. The salary of a Chef with no experience can also be as low as R9,670.00 per month.

Average Chef salary with 3 – 5 years of work experience in 2024 

A Chef with 3 to 5 years of experience earns an average monthly salary of R14,700.00. When compared to the earnings of chefs with 0 to 2 years of work experience, the income reflects an average salary increase of 34%.

The highest-earning chefs in this group are those with a diploma or higher qualifications in the field. The average salary for a chef with a diploma and between 3 to 5 years of professional experience is R16,700.00 per month. A salary of R18,500.00 per month is possible for Chefs in this category.

Chefs with 3 years of experience in the field earn the least salary in this group. A Chef with 3 years of professional experience earns, on average, R13,400 per month. A Chef without a higher certificate or a diploma with 3 years of working experience can earn a salary as low as R12,500.00 per month. 

Average Chef salary with 6 – 10 years of work experience in 2024 

The average salary of a Chef with 6 to 10 years of work experience is R21,700.00 per month. The salary represents a 48% salary increase above the typical income for chefs with 3 to 5 years of experience.

A chef with 10 years of work experience can expect to earn a minimum of R23,500 per month. Chefs with 10 years of professional experience are paid the most in this group. The lowest-paid chefs are those with 6 years of experience, they earn an average monthly salary of R16,900.00.

Average Chef salary with 11 – 15 years of work experience in 2024

The average salary of a Chef with 11 to 15 years of working experience is R26,800.00 per month. Chefs with 11 to 15 years of work experience earn 22% more on average than Chefs with 6 to 10 years of work experience. 

Those with a diploma and 15 years of work experience earn the most in this group. An average monthly salary for a chef with a diploma and 15 years of professional experience is R27,000.

The lowest-paid chefs in this group are those with more than 11 years of work experience. The average monthly income for those with 11 years of work experience is R22,000.00. Chefs with 11 years of experience but no certification may make as little as R19,000 per month.

Average Chef salary with 16 – 20 years of work experience in 2024

The average salary of a chef with 16 to 20 years of work experience is R28,800.00 per month. The salary represents an average increase of 9% from the average salary of chefs with 11 to 15 years of work experience. 

The salary of a chef with over 15 years of working experience doesn’t increase much. Furthermore, those with 20+ years of working experience only see very low salary increases. A chef’s salary with 20+ years of work experience can be as high as R31,200.00 per month. 

Conclusion 

. A chef’s salary rises quickly during mid-career, especially for those who have a higher qualification or a diploma. A chef’s salary may improve due to bonuses and the city in which they work.

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