We used the most recent data to determine the best cities in America for Executive Chefs to open up shop.
Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Executive Chefs, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.
To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer executive chefs the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where executive chefs get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.
So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for executive chefs.The result is this list of the best cities executive chefs:
So there you have it — Naples is the best city when it comes to being a executive chef.
And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a executive chef? That would be Springfield.
Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for executive chefs and for more on the top ten cities.
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best cities for executive chefs in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well executive chefs get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
This left us with enough data for 278 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.
In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 278 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for executive chefs in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for executive chefs.
Total Jobs: 360
Average Annual Salary: $57,970
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,810
Location Quotient: 2.94
Total Jobs: 80
Average Annual Salary: $58,070
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,390
Location Quotient: 3.52
Total Jobs: 110
Average Annual Salary: $59,760
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,900
Location Quotient: 1.91
Total Jobs: 370
Average Annual Salary: $59,700
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,700
Location Quotient: 1.68
Total Jobs: 110
Average Annual Salary: $62,980
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,720
Location Quotient: 2.65
Total Jobs: 140
Average Annual Salary: $48,150
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,750
Location Quotient: 2.09
Total Jobs: 390
Average Annual Salary: $57,110
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,760
Location Quotient: 3.31
Total Jobs: 680
Average Annual Salary: $63,550
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,710
Location Quotient: 1.29
Total Jobs: 2,800
Average Annual Salary: $52,330
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,100
Location Quotient: 3.29
Total Jobs: 1,360
Average Annual Salary: $59,540
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,290
Location Quotient: 1.25
If you’re looking to start out your career as a executive chef these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a executive chef in America:
|2||The Villages, FL||$58,070|
|3||Santa Fe, NM||$59,760|
|4||Cape Coral, FL||$59,700|
|6||Hilton Head Island, SC||$48,150|
|7||Atlantic City, NJ||$57,110|
|8||West Palm Beach, FL||$63,550|
|9||Las Vegas, NV||$52,330|
|14||Carson City, NV||$50,390|
|16||Barnstable Town, MA||$55,670|
|21||Ocean City, NJ||$50,090|
|27||East Stroudsburg, PA||$48,230|
|29||Hot Springs, AR||$45,280|
|35||Ann Arbor, MI||$59,440|
|39||Silver Spring, MD||$53,610|
|44||Colorado Springs, CO||$52,520|
|46||San Jose, CA||$56,770|
|59||San Francisco, CA||$49,290|
|63||San Rafael, CA||$47,730|
|65||Montgomery County, PA||$51,860|
|67||Palm Bay, FL||$48,080|
|68||Mount Vernon, WA||$44,220|
|70||Louisville/Jefferson County, KY||$42,000|
|77||Sioux City, IA||$48,540|
|88||Lake County, IL||$63,240|
|95||Fort Lauderdale, FL||$48,770|
|96||St. Cloud, MN||$48,530|
|98||Santa Cruz, CA||$49,270|
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