Pastry Chef Salary

A Pastry Chef earns an average wage of $12.33 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

$26,832 - $58,259
(Median)
$27K
$40K
$58K
MEDIAN: $39,648
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$9.51 - $17.13
(Median)
$9
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,832 - $58,259  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,044  
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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$20,818 - $50,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 412
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.51 - $17.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.04 - $3.02  
Overtime
$13.00 - $25.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,044  
   
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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$20,818 - $50,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 601
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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

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

Experienced
up arrow 24%

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National Average
$31,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 173 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 54%
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