A Sous Chef at a fine dining steakhouse might make $45k-$55k per year salary. Thats working 5 11+ hour days. 55 hours per week. The 40 hour work week is not valued in the restaurant industry. You could expect an hourly rate as a line cook anywhere from 10-18 per hour. You would need a lot of experience and to be at the right place geographically to make the top end of that range. An executive chef, or Food and beverage manager might make $70-$90k+ annual salary... it takes several years to reach such a level though. Check out the help wanteds and see what salary places are paying in your area. It is possible to make a decent living as a Chef but you have to be smart about your career path, plus it is a lot of hard work along the way.