Pastry Chef Salary

A Pastry Chef earns an average wage of $13.10 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

$28,977 - $61,574
$29K
$42K
$62K
MEDIAN: $42,390
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$9.99 - $17.67
$10
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $13.26
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$0$61K
Salary $28,977 - $61,574
Bonus $150.00 - $8,600
Profit Sharing $895
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$21,837 - $51,824
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 314
Hourly Data $0$26
Hourly Rate $9.99 - $17.67
Hourly Tips $0.18 - $2.59
Overtime $14.77 - $26.84
Annual Data $0$51K
Bonus $150.00 - $8,600
Profit Sharing $895
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$21,837 - $51,824
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 572

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Job Description for Pastry Chef

Pastry chefs work at restaurants, bakeries, cafes, catering companies, and other food establishments, and are responsible for creating pastries which are both attractive and tasty. In some jobs, they may also devise new recipes, so it's important to pay attention to trends and what consumers prefer while brainstorming unique and innovative ideas.

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Pastry Chef Tasks

  • Bake, assemble and decorate pastries.
  • Research, develop and test new recipes.
  • Determine preparation and cooking production schedule for pastries and baked goods
  • Decide dessert menu, including dessert wines, specialty beverages, and cheese platters.

Pastry Chef Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Pastry Chef

Pay by Experience for a Pastry Chef has a positive trend. An entry-level Pastry Chef with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 497 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Pastry Chef with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 333 salaries. An experienced Pastry Chef which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 185 salaries. A Pastry Chef with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 72 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,533

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Pastry Chef Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Pastry Chef?

Pastry Chef in Hagerstown:
"Obeying orders."
Pros: Knowing people enjoy what I bake.
Cons: My boss is sexist and a hypocrite.

Pastry Chef in Portland:
"It's harder then you think!"
Pros: I am able to work in a creative environment and fulfill a need for freedom in the work place.
Cons: It can be very hard working with so many won all the time. Men tend to shy away from pastry jobs.

Pastry Chef in Houston:
"It was very difficult for me to find a job."
Pros:
Cons: It what difficult to find a job at the entry level pastry chef.

Pastry Chef in Tampa:
"High Stress."
Pros: Creative, fast paced, exciting. Tasting ice cream is awesome.
Cons: Often work 70+ hours a week. With no additional compensation. Often asked to do unreasonable things, like make brioche in 2 hours. Can't take any sick days. I have vacation time saved up, but can't take it because I'm the only one who can do my job.

Key Stats for Pastry Chef

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 132 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Pastry Chef Salaries

▲23%

Late-Career
▲22%

▲9%

National Average
$32,000

▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 132 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
vision benefits
Vision: 24%
no benefits
None: 55%
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