$42,891
Avg. Salary
$13.50
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,040

Bonus

$895

Profit Sharing

$2,375

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Pastry Chef is $13.50 per hour.

The average pay for a Pastry Chef is $42,891 per year.

$10.04
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$13.50
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$18.34
90%
MEDIAN $13.50
$29k
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$43k
50%
$62k
90%
MEDIAN $42,891
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MEDIAN: $42,891
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$0$61K
Salary $29,027 - $61,770
Bonus $125 - $6,287
Profit Sharing $895
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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$22,118 - $53,224
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 543
Hourly Data $0$26
Hourly Rate $10.04 - $18.34
Hourly Tips $0.18 - $2.53
Overtime $14.55 - $26.85
Annual Data $0$53K
Bonus $125 - $6,287
Commission $2,375
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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$22,118 - $53,224
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 926

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.
  • Determine preparation and cooking production schedule for pastries and baked goods.
  • Research, develop and test new recipes.
  • 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

51%

17%

-5%

-8%

National Average: $32,149

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 Los Angeles:
"Truffic and crazy people."
Pros: Nothing, hear cuz I have to br.
Cons: Back stobbin boss.

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 Tyler:
"For the single life."
This is a job for a hard working, creative & organized person with out kids.

Pastry Chef in Honolulu:
"Get offer in writing."
Make sure you when offered certain percentage after probation that you have in writing.

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
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 241 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Experience Affects Pastry Chef Salaries

▲21%

Late-Career
▲19%

▲7%

National Average
$32,000

▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 241 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 44%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
no benefits
None: 54%