Culinary Arts Programs in Indiana

This webpage offers detailed information on training options in culinary arts, baking and pastry, as well as other food preparation and services specialties in Indiana. Also, we provide in depth data employment prospects and salaries. [En Español]

Job Outlook

As of May 2016, there were 64,300 working as cooks and chefs in the state of Indiana as stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Furthermore, there were 3,300 people working as baking professionals, as well as a further 20,450 working in food prep. There were 3,750 employed as food service managers. It is expected that employment for chefs and cooks in the hoosier state will expand by 7.6% for the 10-year period to 2024, which compares favorably with 4.5% growth expected across the nation.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in Indiana

In 2016, the average annual salary for chefs working in restaurants in the nation’s 16th most populous state was $22,120 (BLS). This is the same as a wage of $10.64 per hour. Chefs and experienced senior cooks made an average salary of $41,380, or a wage of $19.89 per hour, for the same year, and baking and pastry specialists made $25,380 or $12.20 per hour.

Salaries in Indiana by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers3,300$12.20$25,380$17,520$20,240$23,370$28,580$38,770
Butchers and Meat Cutters2,500$14.39$29,930$18,480$24,100$29,960$35,900$39,670
Chefs and Head Cooks1,710$19.89$41,380$27,840$33,700$37,950$47,300$60,670
Fast Food Cooks8,300$9.15$19,030$16,150$17,000$18,440$20,060$24,530
Food Preparation Workers20,450$9.86$20,510$16,390$17,510$19,390$23,330$27,810
Food Service Managers3,750$25.29$52,590$31,620$39,510$47,490$60,490$78,110
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks12,650$11.21$23,320$17,090$19,360$22,720$26,730$30,900
Other Cooks290$11.54$24,010$16,730$18,470$22,760$28,460$34,010
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers1,230$9.48$19,720$16,210$17,140$18,690$21,230$25,450
Restaurant Cooks27,090$10.64$22,120$16,650$18,250$21,460$25,500$29,810
Short Order Cooks1,610$9.96$20,710$16,330$17,450$19,300$23,040$28,650

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in Indiana by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Bloomington, IN40$17.94$37,320
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI3,880$23.62$49,130
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN630$21.08$43,850
Elkhart-Goshen, IN**$23.36$48,600
Evansville, IN-KY40$20.38$42,380
Fort Wayne, IN150$17.91$37,260
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN900$19.64$40,860
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN370$21.76$45,260
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI50$18.34$38,140
Terre Haute, IN40$29.06$60,440

Restaurant Cook Salaries in Indiana by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Bloomington, IN760$10.09$20,980
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI34,800$12.03$25,020
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN8,010$11.69$24,320
Columbus, IN350$10.96$22,800
Elkhart-Goshen, IN550$10.35$21,530
Evansville, IN-KY1,660$10.38$21,590
Fort Wayne, IN2,310$10.50$21,840
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN8,820$11.34$23,590
Kokomo, IN370$9.75$20,290
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN880$12.36$25,700
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN6,250$10.90$22,680
Michigan City-La Porte, IN460$11.24$23,380
Muncie, IN580$10.14$21,090
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI1,450$11.57$24,060
Terre Haute, IN560$10.04$20,890

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Indianapolis-Carmel, IN Area

Harrison College-Indianapolis

550 East Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2611
(317) 447-6200
Pastry Arts – Associate Program

Harrison College offers various Associate program options for chefs. Classes are taken at their Indianapolis campus in the city of Indianapolis. This private, for-profit college has in the order of 3,040 students in total, with the majority of students on 4-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition is in the order of $16,275 annually. Learning materials may cost around $825, although this will vary with the program.

Ivy Tech Community College

50 W. Fall Creek Parkway N. Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-5752
(317) 921-4800
Baking and Pastry Arts – Certificate Program

Ivy Tech Community College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. All programs are based at their campus in the city of Indianapolis, IN. The college has in the order of 81,668 students in total, with the majority of 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 students living in the state is roughly around $4,175 and for out-of-state students around $8,052 for each academic year. Books and supplies can cost roughly $1,196, although this will vary with the program.

The Art Institute of Indianapolis

3500 DePauw Blvd, Suite 1010, Indianapolis, Indiana 46268
(317) 613-4800
Baking & Pastry – Associate Program, Hospitality Food & Beverage Management – Certificate Program

The Art Institute of Indianapolis offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Indianapolis, IN. This private, for-profit college has about 782 students in total, with most students on 4-year programs. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Tuition fees are broadly around $14,820 annually, while study materials may cost around $1,500, depending on the program.

Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area Area

Vincennes University

1002 N First St, Vincennes, Indiana 47591
(812) 888-8888
Culinary Arts – Associate Program, Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Vincennes University offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and two Certificate programs. All programs are taught at their campus in the town of Vincennes, Indiana. Most of the school’s 18,711 students are on 4-year programs. The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees for in-state students are around $5,575 and for out-of-state students approximately $13,184 annually. Books and supplies can cost roughly $1,274, although this will depend on 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 Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio.