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How Much Money Do Culinary Professionals Make?

This article contains information about culinary art professionals’ salaries, and it includes average salary information for jobs like chef, pastry chef, restaurant or catering manager, and others. Also learn about the different types of culinary jobs and their pay at random locations across the United States.

Culinary Art Salaries On Average

The average annual salary for culinary artists varies widely and depends on their experience, the job location, and the specialty they work within. According to BLS, the national average salary for a chef or head cook in 2018 was $48,460.

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“The level of pay for chefs and head cooks varies greatly by region and employer. Pay is usually highest in upscale restaurants and hotels, where many executive chefs work, as well as in major metropolitan and resort areas.” - BLS

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Example Culinary Jobs & Their Pay

We researched some of the top job posting boards and found some real examples of culinary arts and restaurant management jobs with their general location and salary information.

An executive chef position in Florida can pay $55,000.00 - $65,000.00 / year if you have three years of experience.

A sous chef job in Kansas can pay $45,000.00 - $58,000.00 / year if you have two years of experience.

A pastry chef/baker position in Virginia can pay $16 - $25 an hour if you have 6 months to 1 year of experience.

A private personal executive chef position in California can pay $104,000 - $125,000 a year if you have 10 years of experience.

A restaurant manager position in Florida can pay $50,000 a year if you have 3 years of experience.

A restaurant general manager position in Texas can pay $62,000 - $72,000 a year

A restaurant/wine bar general manager job in New York City can pay $75,000 a year with a required 5 years of relevant experience.

These above salaries are examples from real culinary and management jobs posted on popular job listing websites in the fall of 2019.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Chefs and Head Cooks, on the internet here (visited October 07, 2019).

Ziprecruiter - Private Chef

Indeed - Catering Manager


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