Culinary Arts Programs in Idaho

Here you will find in depth information on college listings, both public and private, for culinary arts, baking and pastry and other food service programs in the state of Idaho. Furthermore, you will find comprehensive facts employment prospects and wage rates in the gem state. [En Español]

Job Outlook

As stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2016, there were about 20,520 working as cooks and chefs in Idaho. In addition, there were 820 persons in employment as baking professionals, and an additional 3,870 in employment in food prep. There were 1,250 working in food service management. Employment for cooks and chefs in the gem state is predicted to expand by 18.0% for the 10-year period to 2024, which compares favorably with 4.5% growth expected across the nation.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in Idaho

In May 2016, the mean annual salary for chefs working in restaurants in the nation’s 39th most populous state was $22,950 (BLS), or approximately $11.03 per hour. Experienced senior cooks and chefs earned an average annual salary of $34,660 in the same year, and bakers earned $26,290 or $12.64 per hour.

Salaries in Idaho by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers820$12.64$26,290$18,100$21,140$24,570$30,120$38,660
Butchers and Meat Cutters1,010$15.74$32,750$19,710$25,030$33,390$38,020$46,510
Chefs and Head Cooks690$16.67$34,660$18,210$26,160$31,020$42,760$55,740
Fast Food Cooks6,730$8.65$17,980$15,900$16,610$17,790$18,970$20,170
Food Preparation Workers3,870$9.67$20,110$16,270$17,250$18,870$22,000$26,770
Food Service Managers1,250$19.04$39,610$22,660$27,310$36,330$51,750$60,620
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks3,160$10.97$22,810$16,720$18,350$21,740$26,790$30,940
Other Cooks80$10.75$22,360$16,830$18,300$20,810$24,930$29,630
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers**$9.81$20,400$16,450$17,860$20,260$22,900$24,490
Restaurant Cooks5,760$11.03$22,950$17,070$19,260$22,350$25,620$30,660
Short Order Cooks940$10.53$21,900$16,930$18,580$21,470$24,870$29,150

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in Idaho by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Boise City, ID350$17.05$35,460
Coeur d'Alene, ID**$17.92$37,270

Restaurant Cook Salaries in Idaho by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Boise City, ID2,300$10.78$22,410
Coeur d'Alene, ID700$11.35$23,620
Idaho Falls, ID460$10.61$22,070
Lewiston, ID-WA130$11.68$24,290
Logan, UT-ID**$9.96$20,710
Pocatello, ID330$9.95$20,700

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Coeur d’Alene, ID Area

North Idaho College

1000 West Garden Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814-2199
(208) 769-3300
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Culinary Arts at North Idaho College is offered at their campus in the city of Coeur d’Alene. The majority of of the school’s 5,543 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Fees for tuition for in-district students are roughly about $3,288 and are $4,624 and $8,160 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while study materials may cost roughly $1,248, depending on the program.

Pocatello, ID Area

Idaho State University

921 S 8th Ave, Pocatello, Idaho 83209
(208) 282-2700
Culinary Arts – Associate Program, Culinary Arts – Bachelor Program, Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Idaho State University offers multiple training options, including an Associate program, a Bachelor program and a Certificate program. All programs are taught at their campus in the city of Pocatello, ID. This is a full, 4-year public college with 13,078 students, of which 86% are undergraduates. The university is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly around $6,956 and for out-of-state students approximately $21,023 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,000, although this will depend on the program.

Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area Area

College of Southern Idaho

315 Falls Ave., Twin Falls, Idaho 83301
(208) 733-9554
Baking & Pastry Arts – Certificate Program

College of Southern Idaho offers various Certificate program options for chefs. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of Twin Falls. The college has approximately 7,548 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The cost of tuition for in-district students is likely to be in the order of $3,120 and are $4,120 and $6,720 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Learning materials may cost about $990, 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

See options in the neighboring states of Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Montana.