Culinary Arts Programs in Alaska

This site provides in depth data on culinary schools and education options in the state of Alaska. Moreover, we provide in depth data job prospects and local wage rates in the last frontier. [En Español]

Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) informs that there were 5,970 working as cooks and chefs in Alaska as of May 2016. In addition, there were 230 persons in employment as baking and pastry professionals, and an additional 4,680 in employment in food preparation. There were 320 working in food service management. Employment for cooks and chefs in the last frontier is expected to expand by 9.9% in the decade to 2024, which compares favorably with 4.5% growth expected nationwide.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in Alaska

The average wage for restaurant chefs in the country’s largest state, in 2016, was $14.29 per hour, $29,730 per year (BLS). Experienced senior cooks and chefs earned an average annual salary of $39,410, or a wage of $18.95 per hour, for the same period, and baking and pastry specialists earned $34,730 or $16.70 per hour.

Salaries in Alaska by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers230$16.70$34,730$22,440$27,180$34,940$41,550$47,680
Butchers and Meat Cutters290$20.46$42,560$26,230$31,420$42,690$52,590$60,850
Chefs and Head Cooks700$18.95$39,410$22,910$26,950$34,650$47,710$62,660
Fast Food Cooks780$11.66$24,260$20,290$20,350$22,700$25,330$32,710
Food Preparation Workers4,680$13.11$27,260$20,290$21,410$24,790$31,060$37,660
Food Service Managers320$27.99$58,220$37,610$45,050$55,740$68,430$83,090
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks960$18.83$39,170$26,560$31,730$37,570$46,900$56,580
Other Cooks240$18.45$38,370$27,420$32,690$37,550$44,310$51,010
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers70$13.46$28,010$20,290$21,480$26,940$33,210$38,400
Restaurant Cooks1,900$14.29$29,730$21,700$24,160$28,390$33,060$39,670
Short Order Cooks430$13.65$28,400$21,250$22,790$25,320$34,620$38,540

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in Alaska by Region

area_titleAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Anchorage, AK$16.68$34,690
Fairbanks, AK$25.67$53,380

Restaurant Cook Salaries in Alaska by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Anchorage, AK1,120$14.21$29,560
Fairbanks, AK170$13.73$28,560

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Anchorage, AK Area

University of Alaska Anchorage

3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 99508
(907) 786-1800
Culinary Arts – Associate Program

The Associate’s degree program in Culinary Arts at University of Alaska Anchorage is taught at their campus in the city of Anchorage. Of the 16,762 students, about 5% are postgraduates. The University of Alaska Anchorage has institutional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The cost of tuition for in-state students is usually in the order of $5,784 and for students from outside the state in the order of $17,990 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,608, although this will vary with the program.

Fairbanks, AK Area

University of Alaska Fairbanks

505 South Chandalar Drive, Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-7500
(907) 474-7211
Baking and Pastry Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

The University of Alaska Fairbanks offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program, an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Fairbanks in Fairbanks North Star County. This is a full, 4-year public college with 8,638 students, of which 87% are undergraduates. The University of Alaska Fairbanks has institutional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The cost of tuition for in-state students is about $5,976 and for students from other states in the order of $18,184 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,400, although this will vary with the program.

* Tuition fees and accredition status are correct at the time of writing, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov/). Confirm with college before applying.