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Pastry Chef Salary (United States)

A Pastry Chef earns an average wage of $12.21 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Pastry Chef Salary (?
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$26,011 - $59,113
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $39,264
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Pastry Chef Salary (?
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$9.09 - $16.97
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,011 - $59,113  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,039  
Profit Sharing
$550 - $2,500  
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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$20,472 - $50,789  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 426
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.09 - $16.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11 - $3.06  
Overtime
$12.37 - $24.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,039  
   
Profit Sharing
$550 - $2,500  
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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$20,472 - $50,789  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 605
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Job Description for Pastry Chef

Pastry chefs generally work in the baking department in a food service operation such as a restaurant, hotel, catering company or pastry shop. They may also work off-site for catering functions or they may have the responsibility of delivering of goods such as wedding cakes.
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Pastry Chef Tasks
  • Determine preparation and cooking production schedule for pastries and baked goods
  • Decide dessert menu, including dessert wines, specialty beverages, and cheese platters.
  • Bake, assemble and decorate pastries.
  • Research, develop and test new recipes.

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Pay by Experience Level for Pastry Chef

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
up arrow 29%
San Francisco
up arrow 27%
Washington
up arrow 25%
New York
up arrow 20%
Chicago
up arrow 19%
Portland
up arrow 18%
Seattle
up arrow 15%
Boston
up arrow 15%
Denver
up arrow 15%
Philadelphia
up arrow 3%
Houston
up arrow 1%
National Average
$31,000
Miami
up arrow 1%
Atlanta
up arrow 4%
Orlando
up arrow 5%
Minneapolis
up arrow 5%
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Pastry Chef Reviews

What is it like working as a 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.
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Experience Affects Pastry Chef Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%
Experienced
up arrow 23%
National Average
$31,000

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 165 votes.

Gender

Female
75%
female alumni
 
Male
25%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 44% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 54%