Hi, I am looking for a little advice from any New York Chefs out there. Myself and my fiance are looking to relocate to New York (where she is from) and I need to know what a good average pay rate is for a chef operating there. I am not going there with any illusions or anything like that. Just want to be able to work and take care of my family. I have a decent resume and skill set. Any advice would be appreciated.
Job Advice would be nice
A couple of things. First, a quick perusal of the internet informs me that the average line cook pay is around $30,000 a year. A few thousand lower or higher here or there. Of course, that is yearly salary, not hourly. So let's say somewhere around 12-15 an hour depending on your experience, what the individual restaurant offers, etc. The hours will most likely be long which will tend to boost the yearly income.
Second, cost of living in NYC is quite high and getting worse. NYC includes the five boroughs-Staten Island, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. Many cooks live in one of the outer boroughs to work in Manhattan. New Jersey is also just across the river and certain areas have affordable housing although neighborhood conditions may vary. So restaurant workers who wish to work in Manhattan commute from elsewhere.
Then many great restaurants are opening or relocating outside of Manhattan, mostly because they have also been negatively impacted by the increasing rent for commercial space. If someone tells you of a great restaurant that is not located right in Manhattan, do not dismiss it outright.
Before you move, study the map and familiarize yourself as intimately as you can with how NYC and the outlying areas are arranged and named so when someone mentions a particular area, you are not inclined to dismiss it. The NYC subway system is quite extensive and can include seemingly far flung destinations. So your choice of residence could be quite far from where you end up working.
Rent is typically the biggest expense for cost of living in NYC. Most everything else like groceries, clothing and the like can be had at reasonable prices.