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2015 Salary Survey Results

The results are in for the 2015 GuildSomm Salary Survey. Thank you to all who participated!

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  • Lisa, trying to look at this data from your point of view as it brought up a great point. I found it interesting that of the responses the female pool of data was less than half that of the males. It makes me ask are there simply less female responses, less females in this datas workforce or a combination of the two ...as well as the correlation of time/experience in the wine world. It seems like personal experience may have influence on your response and for that I'm sorry. Of course we all strive for equality, and want our peers to succeed. But with some unanswered questions, I'm not quite convinced I can reach your same conclusion.
  • Hi, your comments here make me just laugh. Do you really think that I'm talking about this because I was object of discrimination?
    And when someone else said before that traditionally Sommeliers were men, well you used the correct word: "traditionally!" Nowadays is a sector where women strive successfully like men, and considering that women life is more challenging due the family responsabilities and so on, I think we are doing a damn good job and deserve same recognition. I cannot remember where, but last year in an American state there were more female Advance sommeliers than male.
    Perhaps here no many women are talking because are afraid to jeopardize their reputation.
  • I made 24,000 dollars last year. It may give you pleasure to know that my salary, if included in this survey, would bring the male mean salary down. However, it is my choice to work in a seasonal restaurant that affords me time to study and travel. Unfortunately this poll does not include personal life choices, overall profits, and customer counts of the restaurants each of us work in.
    Should a Certified Sommelier like myself, who works in a restaurant that may serve 175 covers a night (when busy), be angry that I do not make the same amount of money an Advanced Somm whose restaurant serves 350 people daily earns?
    Everywhere I look there are women excelling in the restaurant and wine world. And I have NEVER held a position alongside a woman and made more than her... unless it was not a pooled house... and we all earned our own money. In which case the tide ebbs and flows.
    Twice you admit you "have never had such discrimination". Who do you speak for then? And why insult the other women on this website for not speaking out? Perhaps they understand the mathematical logistics the previous comments have expressed.
    And regarding a woman's life being "more challenging" due to family responsibilities... what you do outside of your restaurant work environment is your business. In no way shape or form should it EVER factor into what you earn in the workplace... let alone expecting "recognition" and monetary compensation for it from your colleagues and employers. The only thing a diaper and wine have in common is the far-fetched connection to Brettanomyces.
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  • I made 24,000 dollars last year. It may give you pleasure to know that my salary, if included in this survey, would bring the male mean salary down. However, it is my choice to work in a seasonal restaurant that affords me time to study and travel. Unfortunately this poll does not include personal life choices, overall profits, and customer counts of the restaurants each of us work in.
    Should a Certified Sommelier like myself, who works in a restaurant that may serve 175 covers a night (when busy), be angry that I do not make the same amount of money an Advanced Somm whose restaurant serves 350 people daily earns?
    Everywhere I look there are women excelling in the restaurant and wine world. And I have NEVER held a position alongside a woman and made more than her... unless it was not a pooled house... and we all earned our own money. In which case the tide ebbs and flows.
    Twice you admit you "have never had such discrimination". Who do you speak for then? And why insult the other women on this website for not speaking out? Perhaps they understand the mathematical logistics the previous comments have expressed.
    And regarding a woman's life being "more challenging" due to family responsibilities... what you do outside of your restaurant work environment is your business. In no way shape or form should it EVER factor into what you earn in the workplace... let alone expecting "recognition" and monetary compensation for it from your colleagues and employers. The only thing a diaper and wine have in common is the far-fetched connection to Brettanomyces.
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