Culinary Arts Programs in Arkansas

Here you will find detailed information on culinary schools and education options in the state of Arkansas. Additionally, we offer detailed information job prospects and wage rates. [En Español]

Job Outlook

As of May 2016, as stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were about 32,460 working as culinary arts professionals in the state of Arkansas. In addition, there were 1,050 people working as baking professionals, as well as a further 7,110 working in food prep. There were 1,320 employed as food service managers. Jobs for chefs and cooks in the natural state, for the 10-year period to 2024, are predicted to expand by 11.1%, which is greater than 4.5% growth predicted nationwide.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in Arkansas

The mean salary for chefs employed in restaurants in Arkansas, in 2016, was $22,200 (BLS), or around $10.67 per hour. Head cooks and chefs made an average annual salary of $42,130, or $20.25 per hour, in the same period, and baking and pastry specialists made $23,160 or $11.14 per hour.

Salaries in Arkansas by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers1,050$11.14$23,160$17,430$18,620$21,370$26,600$31,200
Butchers and Meat Cutters1,440$12.50$25,990$18,980$21,300$24,360$29,450$36,460
Chefs and Head Cooks730$20.25$42,130$24,480$29,120$36,270$52,270$70,590
Fast Food Cooks6,980$8.97$18,660$17,000$17,540$18,430$19,340$20,060
Food Preparation Workers7,110$9.66$20,090$17,050$17,710$18,790$20,080$24,620
Food Service Managers1,320$22.57$46,950$28,840$34,610$43,850$57,390$70,810
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks6,910$9.79$20,360$17,120$17,850$19,060$21,840$25,380
Other Cooks60$11.56$24,050$17,660$18,650$24,490$27,880$31,730
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers**$8.83$18,360$16,930$17,370$18,100$18,830$19,730
Restaurant Cooks10,290$10.67$22,200$17,390$18,510$20,760$24,350$29,360
Short Order Cooks580$9.94$20,670$17,140$17,880$19,120$22,180$27,060

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in Arkansas by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO130$25.08$52,170
Fort Smith, AR-OK50$18.41$38,300
Hot Springs, AR**$19.42$40,380
Jonesboro, AR**$14.51$30,180
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR250$19.70$40,980
Memphis, TN-MS-AR700$17.48$36,360

Restaurant Cook Salaries in Arkansas by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO2,450$11.27$23,440
Fort Smith, AR-OK790$10.13$21,070
Hot Springs, AR690$9.80$20,380
Jonesboro, AR460$11.16$23,210
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR3,020$11.45$23,820
Memphis, TN-MS-AR4,670$10.91$22,690
Pine Bluff, AR110$9.35$19,450
Texarkana, TX-AR510$9.92$20,640

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area Area

Arkansas Tech University

Administration Bldg 200; 1509 N Boulder Ave, Russellville, Arkansas 72801-2222
(479) 968-0389
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Arkansas Tech University’s Certificate-level Culinary Arts program is based at their campus in the town of Russellville, Arkansas. This is a full, 4-year public college with 12,054 students, of which 93% are undergraduates. The university is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees for in-state students are about $6,624 and for students from other states approximately $11,880 annually, while books and supplies may cost around $1,410, although this varies from program to program.

East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area Area

Ozarka College

218 College Dr, Melbourne, Arkansas 72556-0010
(870) 368-7371
Hospitality Management – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Ozarka College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program, an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Melbourne in Izard County, AR. The majority of of the school’s 1,108 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees for in-state students are around $2,776 and for out-of-state students approximately $5,128 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,100, although this will depend on the program.

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO Area

NorthWest Arkansas Community College

One College Drive, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712-5091
(479) 636-9222
Baking and Pastry Arts – Certificate Program

NorthWest Arkansas Community College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. All programs are taught at their campus in the city of Bentonville, Arkansas. The majority of of the school’s 7,744 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees for in-district students are generally around $3,208 and are $4,633 and $4,708 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Books and supplies can cost around $1,200, although this will depend on the program.

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Area

Pulaski Technical College

3000 W Scenic Dr, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72118-3347
(501) 812-2200
Basic Pastry – Certificate Program

Pulaski Technical College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of North Little Rock. The college has approximately 7,641 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition for in-state students is around $5,011 and for out-of-state students in the order of $6,151 per year. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,200, depending on the program chosen.

West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area Area

Rich Mountain Community College

1100 College Dr, Mena, Arkansas 71953
(479) 394-7622
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Rich Mountain Community College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. All programs are based at their campus in the town of Mena. Most of the school’s 929 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition for in-district students is usually in the order of $2,568 and are $2,904 and $5,520 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Learning materials may cost in the order of $660, 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.

Neighbor States

Residents of Arkansas may also wish to review their options in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee.