According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for Pastry Chefs through 2022 is 5% growth. The salary varies greatly depending on location, venue and experience, but ranges from approximately $20,000 – $45,000 per year, with the average salary being around $25,000. There is fierce competition for coveted positions in high-end restaurants, and chefs with the most relative experience are typically selected.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, skilled bakers can expect to earn approximately $22,000 over year on average, with some salaries into the mid-thirties. The demand will increase slightly (10%) over the next ten years, especially in specialty fields such as gluten-free bakeries.
A sous chef is one of the higher paying jobs in a professional kitchen, but salaries vary greatly depending on what type of business, chef education and experience, as well as the location. Salaries can range from $25,000 – $50,000, plus benefits.
Catering managers can typically expect a salary if around $30,000 to begin if they have some experience managing. With significant experience in catering management (10 years or more), catering managers can expect to make more than $50,000 annually. These numbers vary greatly depending on the type of business, location and the experience of the manager. Projected job growth through 2022 is about 5% growth.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, lodging managers earned median annual salaries of $46,830 as of May 2013, while food service managers earned median salaries of $48,080 per year. Hospitality managers often start their management careers in entry-level positions before advancing to higher-level positions. Increase in employment from 2012 through 2022 is expected to be at or around 1% – 2% increase. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree or higher are expected to have the best job opportunities.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates the average hourly income for restaurant and food service managers to be $25.72, and the mean annual wage to be $53,500. Payscale.com estimates the average salary for restaurant managers at $41,387 per year. The difference in statistics may be due to the nature of the businesses included or excluded in each consensus, but it is apparent that competition is high for this profession.