Restaurant Chefs Make Terrible Money; Female Chefs Make Even Less

A new study finds that being a chef, especially a female one, may not be all it's cracked up to be
Female Chefs Are Probably Not This Calm

Female Chefs Are Probably Not This Calm

In case our insider's guide to culinary school didn't scare you away from your culinary dreams, these numbers just might.

A new study from the American Culinary Federation found that of all the chefs who responded, restaurant chefs were paid the least.

Results showed that line cooks make on average $23,000 a year; sous chefs around $38,000.

For executive chefs, a male executive chef earned on $71,000 average. That's $40,000 less than corporate executives or managers in the industry (with total average compensation of $111,000).

And of course, for females it's even worse. Female executive chefs annually earn $52,000 on average, a $19,000 difference when compared to their male counterparts.

Couple all of this with the long hours (23 percent of executive chefs worked more than 60 hours a week), and cooking it up in the restaurant industry isn't looking like a great gig after all.

Culinary educators have an average salary of $65,415, health care workers averaged at $63,994, and workers from private clubs averaged $83,753. Better yet, work as a research chef (1 percent of all respondents), where the median compensation is $100,000.

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