I'm looking for guidance about what I should ask for and reasonably expect when renegotiating my wage with my boss.
I started at the restaurant in Chicago where I work about a year ago as a garde manger with no professional experience at all. My responsibilities at that point were working the GM station and basic prep. My starting rate was $9.50.
I was finishing my undergraduate degree (not culinary school) over the last year so my hours have remained pretty low (33-37 hours/week) but in addition to working the GM station and doing the station's prep I also do all of the pastry work for the restaurant including creating my own weekly specials. I got these additional responsibilities after a sous chef who had previously done them left and I took them without any additional pay raise because I was so glad to have the opportunity.
My chef is happy with my work (trust me, I'd know it if he weren't) and I got a quarter raise at one point but I want to renegotiate my pay, job title (currently just nominally a cook like any other), and responsibilities. I'm thinking that $14 an hour @ 40 hours a week sounds like a good goal in exchange for:
-preparing all of the desserts
-creating specials and dessert menu
-preparing petit fours, party desserts, and catering desserts
I'd have to do some of my own product shopping off the clock as well as keeping control of dessert costs, inventory, etc.
In your experience as people who have been hired before or who have done hiring what kind of 1) pay should I ask for and 2) job description should I draft for myself?
As I said, I only have experience within this restaurant but my work speaks for itself and even without any experience I've advanced very rapidly.