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Average Salary for Johnson & Wales University (JWU) - Providence, RI Alumni

Founded in Providence, R.I., Johnson & Wales University is an institution of higher learning for around 10,000 students. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.

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Johnson & Wales University (JWU) - Providence, RI Alumni

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Executive Chef
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General Manager, Restaurant
11 salaries
Food Service Director
10 salaries
Restaurant Manager
9 salaries
Sous Chef
9 salaries
General Manager, Hotel
8 salaries
Corporate Chef
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8 Abbott Park Place
Providence, RI 02903-3703

Johnson & Wales University (JWU)


Private School

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Johnson & Wales University-Providence alumni can most commonly be found in the food service industry, the restaurant industry, and the hotel management industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The hotel industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Former Johnson & Wales University-Providence students are not known for their interest in the food and facilities management services industry; less than two percent of them advance into this area for work. Those with an education from Johnson & Wales University-Providence earn an average of $48K.


Among Johnson & Wales University-Providence alumni, those working as Hotel General Managers report the highest median pay of approximately $90K, followed by Corporate Chefs (around $87K), and Executive Chefs ($62K). Salaries are anything but generous for Sous Chefs, where earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $39K.


Those with a degree from Johnson & Wales University-Providence often relocate to Boston after college. In addition, former Johnson & Wales University-Providence students often head to Philadelphia after graduating, where typical salaries come to about $97K in this top-paying city. Many Johnson & Wales University grads consider Providence a second home, and it is typical to find a large population of former students living in the area despite its lower-than-average median pay ($45K). New York is also a common pick among Johnson & Wales University-Providence grads, along with Washington, DC.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for Johnson & Wales University-Providence grads with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Management (earnings climb to $80K per year). Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor's Degree, Culinary Arts — their annual income amounts to around $34K on average.


For Johnson & Wales University grads, proficiency in Operations Management warrants a paycheck that is 26 percent more than other alumni salaries. Johnson & Wales University-Providence grads are usually competent in Operations Management, and approximately one in five alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Demonstrated ability in Customer Service, People Management, and Food Preparation rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-fourth of alumni for sick time. Most grads set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Health insurance benefits extend to a fair portion of graduates, and a majority of former students sign up for dental plans. Johnson & Wales University graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and free drinks.

Related Schools

Saint Joseph College grads bring in salaries of around approximately $51K, making them the most similar to Johnson & Wales University-Providence alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to Johnson & Wales University-Providence include Providence College, Simmons College, and Springfield College.

Key Stats for Johnson & Wales University (JWU) - Providence, RI


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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 120 votes.
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