Culinary Career Salaries

There’s a wide spread of salaries and jobs in the culinary industry. Wages can vary by occupation, venue, experience, even the city of employment.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average yearly wage for a chef or head cook was about $44,780. The average hourly wage was about $21.53.

Top earners are the chefs we see on TV, who earn their money not just through restaurants and cooking shows, but also through marketing their brands. Without the branding chefs like Wolfgang Puck, Gordon Ramsey and Mario Batali can earn high pay, but the TV shows, books and product lines can increase their earnings into the millions.

Of course, earnings also varied by their place of employment. Workers in high-end restaurants, resorts and five-star hotel restaurants tend to earn more than those who worked in the institutional setting, like the cafeterias of schools and hospitals. The earnings personal chefs and caterers vary according to the events and the private households. Workers in the fast food industry and basic food preparation fields tend to earn the least.

Workers in metropolitan cities also tended to earn more than their counterparts in smaller cities and towns. Top-paying cities for cooks and chefs, according to BLS statistics, included the New York City and New Jersey area; the Naples-Marco Island, area in Florida; New Haven, Connecticut; and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

All Figures courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Employment & Wages database.

Keiser University

Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience.

At Keiser University, you will find a warm, friendly community with faculty and staff truly committed to your success. Our small class sizes, individualized attention, and one-class-at-a-time schedules create a positive learning environment where you can excel. Whether your goal is to prepare for a new career or to advance with your current employer, Keiser University is designed around your needs.

Keiser University Advantage

  • Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degree programs
  • Day, Evening, and Online Classes
  • Financial Aid to Those Who Qualify
  • Job Placement Assistance Available
  • Military-friendly, scholarships for qualified active duty personnel, Veterans, and dependents. Yellow Ribbon program participant, approved for Veterans training Keiser University is a private, not-for-profit university.

Keiser University’s programs and curriculum remain in-line with technology and workforce trends, helping you develop the skills and qualifications necessary to succeed in today’s job market. Our career-focused programs make it possible for you to graduate in less time than you may think.
Programs and delivery format vary by campus. Courses are subject to change.

Keiser University’s programs and curriculum remain in-line with technology and workforce trends, helping you develop the skills and qualifications necessary to succeed in today’s job market. Our career-focused programs make it possible for you to graduate in less time than you may think.

Campus
  • Melbourne
  • Sarasota
  • Tallahassee
Programs
  • Associate of Science in Culinary Arts
  • Associate of Science in Baking and Pastry Arts

Florida Technical College

We pride ourselves in providing students with an exceptional learning experience through individualized instruction and subject-focused training. At FTC, all classes are limited in size to ensure personalized attention. Small class sizes allow students to obtain the hands-on training needed to feel confident in their abilities. Our individualized approach to learning is also subject-focused. Most students take one course a month which allows you to focus your energy on mastering one subject before moving on to the next.

Campus
  • Kissimmee
Programs
  • Culinary Arts
  • Baking and Pasterleria