As per www.culinaryschools.org
Bakers Quick Facts
2018 Median Pay $26,520 per year / $12.75 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education No formal educational credentia
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Long-term on-the-job training
2018 Numer of Jobs 191,100
2018-2028 Job Growth Outlook 6% - average
2018 - 2028 Employment Change 11,100
Pastry chefs are employed in a wide variety of settings. Although the most obvious place for a pastry chef to look for a job is a bakery; many hotels, restaurants, bistros, and casinos also employ pastry chefs.
Formal training, coupled with well-developed culinary abilities and an innate desire to cook, are requirements for a successful career as a pastry chef. A pastry chef also needs to possess a degree of creativity in order to successfully create new types of pastries. Jobs that involve interacting with customers on a frequent basis also require excellent customer service skills.
Many pastry chefs also perform administrative duties such as preparing budgets and ordering supplies for pastry making. Once pastry chefs are established in their careers for a number of years, they may also be expected to supervise apprentices and teach coursework relevant to their chosen trade.
The average salary for a veteran pastry chef is between $30,000 and $50,000. Pastry chefs who own and operate their own successful bakeries, however, have the greatest potential among their peers for earning higher salaries. Salaries for pastry chefs who are beginning their careers are typically low, with $17,000 not being an unusual starting salary for a pastry chef fresh out of culinary school.