Culinary Arts Programs in Louisiana

Here you will discover detailed data on culinary arts schools and education options both public and private in Louisiana. Additionally, we provide in depth information job prospects and local wage rates in the pelican state. [En Español]

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)there were about 40,460 working as cooks and chefs in Louisiana in 2016. Furthermore, there were 1,460 persons employed as baking and pastry specialists, and an additional 33,090 employed as food prep workers. There were 1,690 employed in food service management. Jobs for cooks in the pelican state are predicted to increase by 5.6% in the 10 years to 2024.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in Louisiana

The average wage for restaurant chefs in Louisiana, in 2016, was $10.54 per hour, $21,920 per year (BLS). Experienced senior cooks and chefs earned an average annual salary of $38,660, or $18.59 per hour, for the same period, while baking and pastry chefs earned $22,920 or $11.02 per hour.

Salaries in Louisiana by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers1,460$11.02$22,920$16,650$18,320$22,220$27,460$30,900
Butchers and Meat Cutters2,110$13.17$27,400$18,400$21,460$26,150$31,460$37,560
Chefs and Head Cooks1,850$18.59$38,660$21,720$26,460$34,170$47,190$63,800
Fast Food Cooks5,910$8.91$18,530$16,220$17,050$18,440$19,930$23,030
Food Preparation Workers33,090$8.78$18,260$16,080$16,840$18,110$19,410$22,150
Food Service Managers1,690$25.01$52,030$31,720$39,500$49,810$61,350$76,500
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks5,510$9.81$20,410$16,210$17,240$18,970$22,700$27,560
Other Cooks880$14.11$29,350$16,910$19,110$26,080$39,180$47,750
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers1,330$8.61$17,920$16,130$16,850$18,060$19,270$20,250
Restaurant Cooks16,690$10.54$21,920$16,560$18,120$21,160$24,820$29,750
Short Order Cooks4,110$9.64$20,040$16,300$17,470$19,470$22,790$25,170

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in Louisiana by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Alexandria, LA40$28.00$58,230
Baton Rouge, LA190$21.10$43,900
Houma-Thibodaux, LA130$17.39$36,170
Lafayette, LA**$13.14$27,340
Lake Charles, LA150$19.18$39,890
Monroe, LA60$14.21$29,560
New Orleans-Metairie, LA800$18.13$37,710
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA150$20.57$42,790

Restaurant Cook Salaries in Louisiana by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Alexandria, LA470$10.15$21,110
Baton Rouge, LA3,290$11.42$23,760
Hammond, LA330$10.33$21,480
Houma-Thibodaux, LA610$10.03$20,870
Lafayette, LA1,100$10.76$22,380
Lake Charles, LA840$9.94$20,680
Monroe, LA500$10.36$21,560
New Orleans-Metairie, LA6,660$10.56$21,970
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA1,740$10.21$21,230

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Baton Rouge, LA Area

Capital Area Technical College

3250 North Acadian Thruway East, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70805
(225) 359-9201
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Capital Area Technical College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. All programs are based at their campus in the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This public college has approximately 785 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. The cost of tuition for in-state students is in the order of $4,221 and for students from outside the state in the order of $8,299 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,220, although this will vary with the program.

Louisiana Culinary Institute

10550 Airline Hwy, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816
(225) 769-8820
Advanced Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Louisiana Culinary Institute’s Associate-level Advanced Culinary Arts program is taught at their campus in Baton Rouge in East Baton Rouge County, LA. Most of the school’s 207 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. Tuition fees are around $14,575 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $3,000, although this will depend on the program.

Virginia College-Baton Rouge

9501 Cortana Place, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70815-8604
(225) 236-3900
Pastry Arts – Certificate Program

Virginia College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. Classes are taken at their Baton Rouge campus in the city of Baton Rouge, LA. Most of the school’s 435 students are on 2-year programs. Tuition fees are around $14,632 for each academic year.

Hammond nonmetropolitan area Area

Northshore Technical Community College

1710 Sullivan Dr, Bogalusa, Louisiana 70427
(985) 732-6640 x100
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Northshore Technical Community College offers various Certificate program options for chefs, a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Bogalusa in Washington County. The college has around 3,655 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be about $4,103 and for students from other states around $7,612 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,220, depending on the program.

Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA Area

Nicholls State University

University Station La Hwy 1, Thibodaux, Louisiana 70310
(877) 642-4655
Culinary Arts – Associate Program, Culinary Arts – Bachelor Program

Nicholls State University offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Bachelor program. All programs are taught at their campus in the city of Thibodaux, LA. This is a full, 4-year public college with 6,158 students, of which 89% are undergraduates. The university is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is in the order of $7,641 and for students from outside the state around $18,572 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,220, depending on the program.

Lafayette, LA Area

South Louisiana Community College

1101 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, Louisiana 70506-4109
(337) 521-9000
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

South Louisiana Community College offers various Certificate program options for chefs, a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Lafayette, LA. Most of the school’s 6,958 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly about $4,205 and for students from other states around $8,680 for each academic year. Books and supplies can cost roughly $1,220, although this will depend on the program.

Lake Charles, LA Area

SOWELA Technical Community College

3820 J Bennett Johnston Ave, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70615
(337) 421-6565
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

SOWELA Technical Community College offers various Certificate program options for chefs, a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Lake Charles. This public college has around 3,722 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be in the order of $4,185 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $7,612 yearly. Study materials can cost about $1,200, depending on the program chosen.

New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA Area

Crescent City Bartending School

209 N. Broad, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
(504) 822-3362
Bartending – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Bartending at Crescent City Bartending School can be taken at their campus in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. The college has roughly 373 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years. The Bartending program, with a duration of 30 credit hours, is the college’s largest program. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training. The cost of tuition is in the order of $8,500 annually.

Delgado Community College

615 City Park Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
(504) 671-5000
Pastry Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Management – Associate Program

Delgado Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are taught at their campus in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. The college has about 16,131 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Tuition fees for in-state students are about $3,911 and for students from other states approximately $8,200 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,200, although this will depend on the program.

Nunez Community College

3710 Paris Rd, Chalmette, Louisiana 70043
(504) 278-6200
Culinary Arts- Basic – Certificate Program, Culinary Entrepreneurship – Associate Program

Nunez Community College offers various Certificate program options for chefs, a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Chalmette in Saint Bernard County. Most of the school’s 2,629 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The cost of tuition for in-state students is around $4,103 and for out-of-state students in the order of $7,602 per year. Books and supplies can cost in the order of $1,250, although this will depend on the program.

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA Area

Bossier Parish Community College

6220 East Texas, Bossier City, Louisiana 71111-6922
(318) 678-6000
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Bossier Parish Community College’s Certificate program in Culinary Arts is based at their campus in the city of Bossier City. This public college has in the region of 7,839 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Tuition fees for in-state students are around $4,079 and for out-of-state students approximately $8,589 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,200, although this will depend on the program.

Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area Area

Northwest Louisiana Technical College

9500 Industrial Drive, Minden, Louisiana 71055-0000
(318) 371-3035
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Northwest Louisiana Technical College offers various Certificate program options for chefs, a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are imparted at their campus in Minden in Webster County, LA. The majority of of the school’s 2,924 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. The cost of tuition for in-state students is about $2,976 and for students from other states in the order of $7,481 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,250, 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 Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.