- Chefs and Head Cooks:
- - entry-level $10-12/hr
- - mid-level $10-19/hr
- - upper-level $20-26+/hr
- - exclusive-level $25-75/hr
- Culinary Managers:
- - entry-level $16,000-22,000/yr;
- - mid-level $27,910-47,120/yr;
- - upper-level $67,000-$125,000/yr
Culinary careers are everywhere-in restaurants, hotels, cruise lines, private clubs, resorts, private yachts, culinary schools, hospitals, and educational institutions. You can build your career in one of these hospitality segments, or easily transfer among the segments. According to the National Restaurant Association, the foodservice industry employs more than 11 million workers, making this industry one of the leading generators of job growth in the United States and the nation's largest non-government employer. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the restaurant industry's growth will be more than 30 percent in the coming years.
Culinary and foodservice professionals and owners indicate that the biggest challenge facing the industry is finding educated, competent, and well trained personnel to handle this growth. The income level of chefs, cooks, and food-preparation workers differ among regions of the country and types of food-service establishments. The highest wages typically are found in upscale restaurants and hotels in large urban cities where several executive chefs are employed or in catering.
A major in Culinary Arts/Culinary Management will put you on track to become a culinary specialist with career options as a caterer, line cook, restaurateur, executive chef, food stylist, pastry chef, kitchen manager, private chef, entrepreneur, restaurant manager, food writer or editor, product research and development specialist, or sous chef. There are rapid promotional opportunities in this field for people with increasing skill sets and enhanced educational backgrounds.