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Hawai‘i Ranks First in Study on Chef Pay

December 14, 2018, 1:00 PM HST · Updated December 14, 1:00 PM
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Average salaries for chefs is on the rise, according to a ChefsPencil.com study. Courtesy image.

In 2017, employment for chefs and head cooks reached near-record levels in the U.S. at 131,430, up 46% percent from 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A new study from culinary site Chef’s Pencil recently released a study on employment and wage trends for U.S. chefs and head cooks.   Hawai‘i topped the list as far as pay, followed by New Jersey and District of Columbia.

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The national average stands at $49,650; however, chefs in Hawai‘i are paid an average of $70,480, almost twice as much as their counterparts in Kansas ($36,470); South Carolina ($37,110) and Idaho ($38,120), the three lowest-ranking states for chef pay.

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Broken down to metro areas, Kahului-Wailuku and Lāhainā were as the best-paying zones for chefs in the nation.  San Rafael, CA and Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY came in next on the list.  At the bottom were the metro areas of Spartanburg, SC; Charleston, SC and Memphis, TN.

 

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