If you have an interest in cooking and have the ability to work with other people well, then the position of sous chef is tailor made for you. Sous chefs work essentially as a go-between for the kitchen staff a restaurant and the servers on the dining floor. So much does a sous chef make per year? When looking at the majority of cases, the median salary among sous chefs is $36,000 per year. Looking at more specific cases, an individual’s salary can range anywhere from $29,000-$42,000 per year or more.