Chefs and head cooks remain responsible for the daily food service operations of a restaurant or other establishment that serves food. They develop and prepare recipes, plan and price menu items, direct the cooking process done by junior cooks in the kitchen, order supplies, and deal with other food-related concerns, besides participating in the actual cooking process at times.
How much money does a chef make annually?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2009 Occupational Outlook Survey estimates a total workforce of 94,300 chefs in the US, earning median hourly wages of $21.27 and median annual wages of $44,420.
Those at the bottom 10 percentile earn $10.99 a month or $22,860 a year on average. Those at the bottom 25 percentile earn $14.46 an hour or $40,090 a year on average.
Those at top 25 percentile earn $25.73 an hour per $53,510 annually, and those in the top ten percentile earn $33.34 an hour or $69560 a year on average.
The American Culinary Foundation (ACF) survey conducted in 2008, placed the average salary for a certified executive cook at $54,100 a year, with chefs holding higher certifications usually earning $10,900 more annually, compared to chefs without such qualifications.
Six percent of chefs earn more than $100,000 a year, and eight percent of chefs earn less than $20,000 a year. Thirty-eight percent of chefs earn between $20,000 to $49,999 a year, and almost half the chefs receive an annual salary of between $50,0000 and $99,999.
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