Culinary Arts Programs in Kansas

This site offers detailed data on culinary schools and education options in Kansas. Moreover, you will find comprehensive information job prospects and wage rates in the state of Kansas. [En Español]

Job Outlook

As of May 2016, as stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 32,280 employed as culinary arts professionals in the state of Kansas. Furthermore, there were 1,420 persons employed as bakers, and an additional 10,510 employed as food preparation workers. There were 1,610 making a living as food service managers. In the 10 years to 2024, it is expected that jobs for cooks in the sunflower state will expand by 10.2%.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in Kansas

The mean wage for chefs working in restaurants in the nation’s 34th most populous state, in 2016, was $10.40 per hour, $21,620 per year (BLS). Experienced senior cooks and chefs earned a mean salary of $37,070, or $17.82 per hour, in the same year, and bakers earned $24,200 or $11.63 per hour.

Salaries in Kansas by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers1,420$11.63$24,200$17,140$19,360$22,870$28,240$35,000
Butchers and Meat Cutters900$16.06$33,410$21,110$24,890$32,550$41,280$48,140
Chefs and Head Cooks1,180$17.82$37,070$20,630$25,090$33,770$44,470$61,480
Fast Food Cooks7,550$8.76$18,210$16,160$16,920$18,200$19,490$22,080
Food Preparation Workers10,510$9.58$19,920$16,310$17,380$19,160$22,410$25,160
Food Service Managers1,610$23.57$49,030$28,890$34,650$42,660$61,810$78,680
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks5,930$11.04$22,960$17,140$19,420$22,420$25,810$30,210
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers740$9.10$18,920$16,080$16,880$18,210$19,530$24,770
Restaurant Cooks9,250$10.40$21,620$16,650$18,240$21,210$24,790$28,660
Short Order Cooks2,440$9.76$20,300$16,520$17,670$19,590$22,810$25,160

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in Kansas by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Kansas City, MO-KS1,050$21.35$44,420
Lawrence, KS90$18.34$38,140
Manhattan, KS30$13.46$27,990
Topeka, KS140$17.95$37,340
Wichita, KS250$14.51$30,190

Restaurant Cook Salaries in Kansas by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Kansas City, MO-KS7,990$11.58$24,090
Lawrence, KS760$10.58$22,000
Manhattan, KS240$10.59$22,020
St. Joseph, MO-KS310$11.27$23,440
Topeka, KS620$10.66$22,180
Wichita, KS2,260$10.52$21,890

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Kansas City, MO-KS Area

Johnson County Community College

12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, Kansas 66210-1299
(913) 469-8500
Pastry/Baking – Certificate Program, Food & Beverage Management – Associate Program

Johnson County Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Overland Park. The college has round 19,091 students in total, with most students 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 likely to be in the order of $2,790 and are $3,300 and $6,600 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while books and supplies may cost about $1,560, although this varies from program to program.

Kansas City Kansas Community College

7250 State Ave, Kansas City, Kansas 66112
(913) 334-1100
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Culinary Arts at Kansas City Kansas Community College can be taken at their campus in the city of Kansas City. Most of the school’s 5,625 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees for in-state students are generally around $3,240 and for out-of-state students approximately $8,040 annually. Study materials can cost around $1,346, depending on the program chosen.

Kansas nonmetropolitan area Area

North Central Kansas Technical College

3033 US Highway 24, Beloit, Kansas 67420
(785) 738-2276
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Culinary Arts at North Central Kansas Technical College is offered at their campus in Beloit in Mitchell County, KS. Most of the school’s 900 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Fees for tuition are about $5,696 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,490, although this varies from program to program.

Topeka, KS Area

Washburn Institute of Technology

5724 SW Huntoon, Topeka, Kansas 66604-2117
(785) 273-7140
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Washburn Institute of Technology’s Certificate program in Culinary Arts is based at their campus in the city of Topeka, KS. Most of the school’s 1,330 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. Tuition fees are generally around $6,192 for each academic year. Books and supplies can cost roughly $1,000, although this will depend on the program.

Washburn University

1700 SW College Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66621-0001
(785) 670-1010
Culinary Arts – Associate Program

The Associate’s degree program in Culinary Arts at Washburn University is offered at their campus in the city of Topeka. Of the 6,615 students, about 12% are postgraduates. The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees for in-state students are generally around $7,754 and for out-of-state students approximately $17,386 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,000, although this will depend on the program.

Wichita, KS Area

Butler Community College

901 S Haverhill Rd, El Dorado, Kansas 67042-3280
(316) 321-2222
Hospitality Management – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Butler Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are taught at their campus in the town of El Dorado. This public college has in the order of 8,950 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-district students is roughly in the order of $2,750 and are $3,080 and $4,880 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while study materials may cost roughly $1,200, depending 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

Students may also wish to review their options in Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma and Colorado.