Cooks, Private Household
SOC: 35-2013.00

Description:

Prepare meals in private homes. Includes personal chefs.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
35,900 employed

Projected (2024):
36,200 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Certified Personal Chef
  • Chef
  • Cook
  • Cooking Chef
  • Culinary Worker
  • Household Cook
  • Personal Chef
  • Private Chef


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Fine Arts
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Plan menus according to employers' needs and diet restrictions.
  • Shop for or order food and kitchen supplies and equipment.
  • Peel, wash, trim, and cook vegetables and meats, and bake breads and pastries.
  • Prepare meals in private homes according to employers' recipes or tastes, handling all meals for the family and possibly for other household staff.
  • Stock, organize, and clean kitchens and cooking utensils.
  • Specialize in preparing fancy dishes or food for special diets.
  • Create and explore new cuisines.
  • Direct the operation and organization of kitchens and all food-related activities, including the presentation and serving of food.
  • Plan and prepare food for parties, holiday meals, luncheons, special functions, and other social events.
  • Serve meals and snacks to employing families and their guests.
  • Travel with employers to vacation homes to provide meal preparation at those locations.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Bakers' knives
  • Basting brushes
  • Bench scrapers
  • Boning knives
  • Bread knives
  • Butchers' gloves
  • Carving forks
  • Colanders
  • Computer laser printers
  • Convection ovens
  • Corkscrews
  • Countertop microwaves
  • Cutting boards
  • Deep-fat thermometers
  • Digital kitchen timers
  • Digital scales
  • Dishwashers
  • Electric grills
  • Fat skimmers
  • Fish spatulas
  • Food processors
  • Frying thermometers
  • Garlic presses
  • Graters
  • Icing piping tips
  • Kitchen rulers
  • Kitchen shears
  • Kitchen skillets
  • Kitchen thermometers
  • Knife sharpening tools
  • Labelmakers
  • Ladles
  • Laptop computers
  • Locking tongs
  • Mandolines
  • Measuring cup sets
  • Measuring spoon sets
  • Meat cleavers
  • Meat forks
  • Melon ballers
  • Metal baking sheets
  • Mixing bowls
  • Muffin pans
  • Nonstick saute pans
  • Offset spatulas
  • Omelet spatulas
  • Oven thermometers
  • Paring knives
  • Pastry cutters
  • Perforated spoons
  • Potato mashers
  • Poultry basters
  • Refrigerator thermometers
  • Rolling pins
  • Saucepans
  • Saute pans
  • Scorers
  • Serrated knives
  • Serving spoons
  • Slotted turners
  • Stand mixers
  • Stockpots
  • Swivel peelers
  • Tablet computers
  • Thumb drives
  • Vegetable peelers
  • Wire whisks
  • Wooden spoons
  • APPCA Personal Chef Office
  • Cooking e-books
  • Cost tracking software
  • Email software
  • Food inventory software
  • Intuit QuickBooks software
  • Web browser software
  • WordPress
  • Work scheduling software
  • YouTube


  • food preparation and serving related


    industry stats

    SOC: 35-0000

    Total Employed: 12,577,080

    Average Annual Salary: $22,850