Chefs make a median wage of $3,540 per month, according to a survey of the food preparation industry conducted in 2012 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The chef profession includes workers with the title of head cook. A median wage of $3,540 per month means that 50 percent of all chefs and head cooks earn more than $3,540 per month, while 50 percent of all chefs earn less than that amount.
The top 25 percent of earners in the industry make more than $4,790 per month, while the top 10 percent of earners make more than $6,176 per month. On the other hand, the bottom 25 percent of chefs make less than $2,614 per month, and the bottom 10 percent of chefs make less than $2,045 per month.