Culinary Arts Programs in Connecticut

Here you will discover in depth information on culinary schools and education options in the state of Connecticut. Furthermore, you will find detailed facts job prospects and salaries. [En Español]

Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) informs that there were about 31,980 working as culinary arts professionals in the state of Connecticut in May 2016. Moreover, there were 1,450 persons employed as bakers, and an additional 10,090 employed as food preparation workers. There were 1,880 making a living as food service managers. It is expected that jobs for cooks and chefs in the constitution state will expand by 4.3% for the 10-year period to 2024.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in Connecticut

The mean wage for chefs working in restaurants in the nation’s 29th most populous state, in 2016, was $13.86 per hour, $28,830 per year (BLS). Chefs and experienced senior cooks made a mean salary of $50,200, or a wage of $24.14 per hour, in the same period, and bakers made $30,120 or $14.48 per hour.

Salaries in Connecticut by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers1,450$14.48$30,120$20,520$22,980$27,700$34,450$43,590
Butchers and Meat Cutters760$20.60$42,850$27,010$34,280$41,530$50,070$61,870
Chefs and Head Cooks2,420$24.14$50,200$29,920$36,000$45,160$55,350$74,510
Fast Food Cooks6,380$10.61$22,070$19,980$20,010$20,220$23,400$27,170
Food Preparation Workers10,090$13.22$27,510$19,980$20,920$24,750$30,540$37,390
Food Service Managers1,880$31.77$66,080$34,520$45,660$60,440$78,170$100,200
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks3,530$16.73$34,800$23,210$27,690$33,240$40,040$48,890
Other Cooks440$18.26$37,990$21,950$27,070$34,910$42,410$60,940
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers370$15.96$33,200$20,630$22,660$28,240$44,460$50,830
Restaurant Cooks13,840$13.86$28,830$20,610$23,400$27,560$31,590$38,480
Short Order Cooks1,840$12.76$26,530$20,220$21,750$24,520$31,450$36,960

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in Connecticut by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT630$26.85$55,860
Danbury, CT270$18.90$39,320
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT930$24.72$51,420
New Haven, CT180$24.27$50,480
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI200$23.26$48,370
Springfield, MA-CT340$28.02$58,290
Waterbury, CT60$19.53$40,630
Worcester, MA-CT270$22.49$46,770

Restaurant Cook Salaries in Connecticut by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT3,270$15.69$32,630
Danbury, CT840$13.98$29,070
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT4,620$12.68$26,370
New Haven, CT2,290$13.54$28,170
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI1,880$14.19$29,520
Springfield, MA-CT2,240$12.44$25,870
Waterbury, CT400$13.22$27,490
Worcester, MA-CT1,560$13.65$28,390

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT Area

Gateway Community College

20 Church Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06510
(203) 285-2000
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Gateway Community College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of New Haven, Connecticut. The college has in the region of 7,980 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be about $4,168 and for students from other states likely to be about $12,504 yearly, while study materials may cost about $1,200, depending on the program.

Lincoln Technical Institute-Shelton

8 Progress Drive, Shelton, Connecticut 06484
(203) 929-0592 x45800
Professional Baking & Pastry Chef Training – Certificate Program

Lincoln Technical Institute offers various Certificate program options for chefs. All programs are taught at their Shelton campus in Shelton in Fairfield County. This private, for-profit college has approximately 577 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Fees for tuition are broadly about $28,057 per year, while study materials may cost in the order of $1,207, depending on the program.

Naugatuck Valley Community College

750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, Connecticut 06708-3089
(203) 575-8040
Culinary – Certificate Program

Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Certificate program in Culinary is taught at their campus in Waterbury in New Haven County. The majority of of the school’s 6,976 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is about $4,208 and for students from other states around $12,544 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,200, depending on the program.

Norwalk Community College

188 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06854
(203) 857-7060
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Norwalk Community College’s Certificate-level Culinary Arts program is offered at their campus in the city of Norwalk, Connecticut. The majority of of the school’s 6,054 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Tuition fees for in-state students are generally about $4,188 and for students from other states approximately $12,524 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,200, although this will depend on the program.

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT Area

Bristol Technical Education Center

431 Minor Street, Bristol, Connecticut 06010
(860) 584-8433 x304
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Bristol Technical Education Center’s Certificate program in Culinary Arts is offered at their campus in Bristol in Hartford County, Connecticut. The college has in the region of 46 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Technical and Career Institutions. Tuition fees are in the order of $3,760 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $500, although this will vary with the program.

Manchester Community College

Great Path, Manchester, Connecticut 06040
(860) 512-3000
Professional Baker – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Manchester Community College offers various Certificate program options for chefs, a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Manchester in Hartford County. This public college has in the order of 6,891 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be around $4,168 and for out-of-state students likely to be about $12,504 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,200, 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

Students may also wish to review their options in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island.