Salary levels for all kinds of professions and at all levels vary depending on a number of factors and culinary arts salary levels are no different. Within the same profession, naturally, salaries differ depending on many factors.
However, depending on where you are as a culinary art practitioner, your salary will depend on the position or grade you are in; the organization you are working for; the place where the organization (for example, fat food chain, restaurant or a hotel) is located; your skills. These are the top of the head factors that determine your salary level.
What is also very important is the relative salary level that a practitioner of culinary arts gets, compared to other professions. For example, would an executive chef at a hotel get the same salary as that of a business development executive of a multinational corporation of the same level?
Information is available on the salaries of people in culinary arts in the United States. Wages of chefs and cooks are the highest in the big restaurants and hotels in the metropolitan cities. These chefs usually are employed to supervise a group of cooks.
A chef working outside a metropolitan area could earn a minimum of $8 an hour and a maximum of $14 an hour. At the same time, a chef working in a metropolitan area could earn a minimum of $10 an hour and a maximum of $22 an hour. A chef in a big restaurant can earn up to $100, 000 per year.
According to a survey conducted by the U.S. department of Labor and Statistics in the year 2002, Head Cooks and Chefs could earn an hourly salary from a minimum of $7.66 to a maximum of $25.86, while restaurant cooks can earn from $6.58 to a maximum of $13.21, institution and cafeteria workers can earn from $6.10 to a maximum of $13.34 and fast-food cooks can earn from $5.68 to a maximum of $9.13.
According to a recent survey in 2008, pastry chefs in the executive level can earn $45,392 to $68,009; Sous chefs can earn $31,831-49,509; senior cooks can earn $25,774-32,852 and so on.
No doubt then that salary levels in the culinary arts levels are not inferior, compared to other professions. In fact, culinary arts salary levels can even be higher than some professions.
The salary surveys underline the fact that salary levels at the culinary arts level will depend greatly on factors like skill level and experience, type of organization, whether the place is within or outside the metropolitan area; the grade or the designation within the organization, to name a few. The key seems that to earn a big salary, work in a big restaurant in a big city.