A Pastry Chef earns an average wage of $12.97 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

$28,580 - $60,646
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,628
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$9.87 - $17.28
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$9
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$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,580 - $60,646  
   
Bonus
$98.87 - $6,100  
Profit Sharing
$911  
Commission
$2,375  
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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$21,352 - $51,064  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 335
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.87 - $17.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.18 - $2.61  
Overtime
$13.90 - $26.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$98.87 - $6,100  
   
Commission
$2,375  
Profit Sharing
$911  
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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$21,352 - $51,064  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 566
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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

  • 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

National Average: $31,215

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Pastry Chef Reviews

What is it like working as a Pastry Chef?

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 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 25%


National Average
$31,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 116 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
medical benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 55%
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