The latter salary plays an important role when choosing a career. Unfortunately, general statements for your income as a chef in training and work are not possible. The chef salary check explains why this is the case and shows you examples of possible salaries for a chef.
How much does a cook (m/f/d) earn in training?
As a chef, you can expect the following training allowances on average:
in the 1st year of training: €772
in the 2nd year of training: €878
in the 3rd year of training: €998
Your training allowance depends on whether your company is bound by a collective agreement, in which region of Germany you work and in which industry you are employed. In a company that is bound by a collective bargaining agreement, your training salary as a chef is fixed by the collective bargaining agreement. However, there are different collective agreements depending on the industry and federal state.
Salary in training comparison
According to the Federal Institute for Vocational Training (BIBB), trainees during their training as cooks received the below-mentioned training allowances on average in the last year. Select up to 3 comparable professions and find out how the training salaries differ.
What do these numbers mean?
These numbers are average values. Your personal trainee salary as a chef can also be lower. It is best to find out more about your cook’s salary during training in the job market. Because: Some companies already state the specific training allowance in their job advertisements.
What does a cook earn in practice?
Katharina is training to be a cook in a hotel kitchen, where the collective agreement for the restaurant and hotel industry in North Rhine-Westphalia applies. This collective agreement provides for the same salary for all trainees. Katharina currently receives the following remuneration under this contract:
In the 1st year of the apprenticeship 750 euros,
in the 2nd year 880 euros,
1,000 euros in the 3rd year of training.
The profession of cooking is not one of the best-paid professions, but your starting salary in the public sector is impressive.
Starting salary: What does a chef earn in his job?
The amount of your salary as a chef depends on your professional experience, place of work, and industry. Many companies are bound by collective agreements. Which collective agreement applies in individual cases depends, among other things, on the industry and region. Your salary group determines your starting salary. As a trained chef, you will at least be placed in the lowest group of employees who have completed their professional training. Depending on the industry, the following gross earnings are possible:
How much does a chef in the hotel and catering industry earn?
As a trained chef in the hotel and catering industry, you can expect a starting salary of 1,800 to 2,300 euros.
How much does a public service cook earn?
After training, you can expect a starting salary of 2,200 to 2,800 euros as a cook in the public sector. These are possible merits for female chefs in some fields. But there are many other sectors and collective bargaining regulations. This means that your earnings as a chef can be lower or higher depending on the state, industry, and collective agreement. Depending on your qualifications, you can also be assigned to other salary groups. And with increasing professional experience, your chef’s salary increases.