Culinary chefs are below average when it comes to happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, culinary chefs rate their career happiness 2.9 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 29% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy culinary chefs are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Cake designer
3.6
$22k
Pastry chef
3.2
$26k
Baker
3.1
$28k
Bartender
3.0
$38k
Culinary chef
2.9
$38k
Barista
2.9
$25k
Caterer
2.9
$28k
Restaurant manager
2.7
$38k
Restaurant cook
2.5
$22k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are culinary chefs happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do culinary chefs find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as culinary chefs?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are culinary chef’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are culinary chefs making the best use of their abilities?

Are culinary chefs happy with their salary?