Culinary Arts Programs in Delaware

On this page you will find in depth information on culinary arts schools and education options in Delaware. Furthermore, we provide comprehensive information employment prospects and salaries in the first state. [En Español]

Job Outlook

As of May 2016, as stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were approximately 10,770 people working as head chefs, chefs and other cooks in Delaware. Additionally, there were 410 people in employment as baking and pastry professionals, as well as a further 2,010 in employment in food preparation. There were 410 working as food service managers. It is predicted that, for the 10-year period to 2024, employment for chefs and cooks in the first state will expand by 8.1%.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in Delaware

In 2016, the average annual salary for chefs working in restaurants in the country’s 49th largest state was $24,980 (BLS). Head cooks and chefs made an average annual salary of $51,010, or $24.52 per hour, for the same period, while baking and pastry chefs made $25,750 or $12.38 per hour.

Salaries in Delaware by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Butchers and Meat Cutters310$17.40$36,200$22,570$29,470$36,500$44,210$49,610
Chefs and Head Cooks490$24.52$51,010$36,360$42,110$48,170$58,140$70,050
Fast Food Cooks720$9.33$19,400$17,530$18,090$19,020$20,070$22,750
Food Preparation Workers2,010$10.97$22,820$17,780$18,710$21,150$25,510$30,610
Food Service Managers410$34.57$71,910$45,210$51,510$61,650$88,560$120,560
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks2,670$15.11$31,430$22,000$26,390$31,200$36,680$40,290
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers120$10.99$22,850$17,550$18,130$19,100$23,940$38,110
Restaurant Cooks4,100$12.01$24,980$18,200$19,740$24,640$29,190$32,430
Short Order Cooks120$10.68$22,210$17,710$18,530$20,810$25,250$29,720

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in Delaware by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Dover, DE50$21.51$44,730
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD2,020$27.51$57,230
Salisbury, MD-DE140$22.53$46,870

Restaurant Cook Salaries in Delaware by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Dover, DE720$10.92$22,720
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD20,770$12.98$26,990
Salisbury, MD-DE2,060$12.40$25,800

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Dover, DE Area

Delaware Technical Community College-Terry

100 Campus Drive, Dover, Delaware 19901
(302) 857-1000
Baking and Pastry Skills – Certificate Program

Delaware Technical Community College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. All programs are based at their Terry campus in the city of Dover, Delaware. This public college has around 13,471 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be around $4,607 and for out-of-state students likely to be about $10,899 yearly. Study materials can cost about $1,600, depending on the program chosen.

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

Neighbor States

Residents of Delaware may also wish to review their options in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and New York.