How Much Money does a Chef Make in a Year?

Chefs make somewhere between $35,000 and $100,000 per year, depending on training, experience and talent. Chefs trained at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) or in Europe (especially France) earn the most, as do talented chef’s at five-star restaurants. Someone with a two-year degree from a local community college culinary arts program will start at less than $35,000.