Chef Salaries Drop for the First Time in Four Years

Fri May 1, 2009 2:49pm EDT

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NEW YORK, May 1 /PRNewswire/ --, the online magazine for
culinary insiders, is pleased to announce the results of its fourth annual
Salary Survey. According to the survey results, culinary industry national
salary averages dropped significantly in 2008. After four years of steady
increase, executive chef salaries were hovering at $77,611 and in 2008 we saw
this drop to an average of $74,869. Pastry chef salaries averaged at $53,017
in 2007, but have taken a 13% nosedive in 2009. Still, the individual salaries
of most chef/owners, executive chefs, and chef de cuisines surveyed remain
well above the US median household income of $50,740. Across the board chefs
reported the highest salaries in hotel restaurants.

We found that the industry continues to be dominated by men who, on average,
are still making more than their female counterparts. Of those who responded
to our survey, 78% were men. And according to our survey results, male
executive chefs make 18% more than female executive chefs. Salary survey
respondents report that executive chefs get the highest salary in New York
State with an average of $81,600, but Miami is the highest paying city with a
reported average of $90,333.

Data collected from the 2008 Salary Survey reveals extensive
information about the food industry. Industry salary averages are just one
aspect of our findings--age, education, gender, ethnicity, and geographic
location are among the many factors that comprise the complexity of salary
distribution in the trade. Culinary professionals from across the US responded
to the recent Salary Survey, sharing where they work and how much they make. 

Check out our 2008 Salary Survey Results
for a full report on our exclusive findings.

About, the magazine for culinary insiders, has been serving the
industry since 1995 with a clear focus on working chefs. With a dedicated
mission to catalyze culinary professionals' success and give them the tools
they need to overcome their specific challenges,'s(TM) original
culinary content is driven by in-person tastings and interviews across the
world. In addition to featuring chefs, pastry chefs, sommeliers, and
mixologists, the JobFinder is the leading job board
connecting culinary and hospitality professionals to careers in the
foodservice industry. 

    Will Blunt


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