Culinary Arts Programs in Massachusetts

This webpage provides comprehensive information on education options for chefs, bakers and pastry chefs, food preparers and other food service professionals in Massachusetts. Additionally, we offer in depth facts job prospects and current wage rates in the bay state. [En Español]

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as of May 2016, there were around 59,850 persons employed as chefs and cooks in Massachusetts. Additionally, there were 3,800 persons employed as baking and pastry specialists, and an additional 17,290 employed as food prep workers. There were 5,550 working as food service managers. It is expected that jobs for cooks in the bay state will increase by 5.7% in the decade to 2024, which compares favorably with 4.5% growth expected nationwide.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in Massachusetts

The mean salary for chefs working in restaurants in the nation’s 14th most populous state, in 2016, was $29,120 (BLS). Experienced senior cooks and chefs made a mean salary of $54,960 during the same period, and baking and pastry chefs made $31,450 or $15.12 per hour.

Salaries in Massachusetts by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers3,800$15.12$31,450$21,890$24,420$29,350$36,420$45,030
Butchers and Meat Cutters1,970$19.26$40,070$22,160$30,180$38,500$50,050$60,270
Chefs and Head Cooks4,650$26.42$54,960$31,900$38,880$52,630$65,550$81,150
Fast Food Cooks7,080$12.07$25,110$20,810$20,820$23,200$28,300$33,870
Food Preparation Workers17,290$12.70$26,410$20,810$21,370$24,170$29,370$35,870
Food Service Managers5,550$30.74$63,950$38,190$47,670$60,390$76,020$95,350
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks7,970$16.71$34,760$23,240$27,760$33,650$40,870$48,640
Other Cooks80$15.39$32,000$23,240$25,940$29,280$35,410$45,440
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers820$17.23$35,850$20,820$23,710$37,040$46,240$50,520
Restaurant Cooks28,100$14.00$29,120$21,390$23,390$27,650$32,990$39,510
Short Order Cooks4,000*******

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in Massachusetts by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Barnstable Town, MA130$25.71$53,470
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH3,610$26.36$54,830
Leominster-Gardner, MA50$20.99$43,660
Pittsfield, MA80$24.11$50,140
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA620$27.14$56,450
Springfield, MA-CT340$28.02$58,290
Worcester, MA-CT270$22.49$46,770

Restaurant Cook Salaries in Massachusetts by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Barnstable Town, MA1,020$13.89$28,890
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH22,430$14.18$29,490
Leominster-Gardner, MA270**
New Bedford, MA690$13.15$27,360
Pittsfield, MA300$13.23$27,510
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA5,420$12.97$26,990
Springfield, MA-CT2,240$12.44$25,870
Worcester, MA-CT1,560$13.65$28,390

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Barnstable Town, MA Area

Cape Cod Community College

2240 Iyannough Rd, West Barnstable, Massachusetts 02668-1599
(508) 362-2131 x4311
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Culinary Arts at Cape Cod Community College is based at their campus in the city of West Barnstable, MA. The majority of of the school’s 3,627 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The cost of tuition for in-state students is about $4,320 and for students from other states in the order of $9,264 per year, while books and supplies may cost in the order of $1,200, although this varies from program to program.

Massasoit Community College

One Massasoit Boulevard, Brockton, Massachusetts 02302-3996
(508) 588-9100
Pastry – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Massasoit Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program, an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Brockton in Plymouth County, MA. The college has roughly 7,637 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be about $4,680 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $9,624 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,000, although this varies from program to program.

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division Area

Boston University

One Silber Way, Boston, Massachusetts 02215
(617) 353-2000
Management in Hospitality – Master Program

Boston University’s Master program is offered at their campus in the city of Boston. This is a full, 4-year private college with 32,158 students, of which 56% are undergraduates. The university is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Fees for tuition are broadly about $50,240 yearly, while study materials may cost about $1,000, depending on the program.

Bristol Community College

777 Elsbree St, Fall River, Massachusetts 02720-7395
(508) 678-2811
Culinary Arts/Baking and Pastry Career – Associate Program, Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Bristol Community College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are imparted at their campus in Fall River in Bristol County, Massachusetts. The college has roughly 8,761 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The cost of tuition for in-state students is in the order of $4,464 and for students from outside the state in the order of $9,408 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,600, although this will vary with the program.

Bunker Hill Community College

250 New Rutherford Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02129-2925
(617) 228-2000
Pastry Arts – Certificate Program, Baking and Pastry Arts – Associate Program

Bunker Hill Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are offered at their campus in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. Most of the school’s 13,142 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The cost of tuition for in-state students is in the order of $3,888 and for students from outside the state in the order of $8,832 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $2,100, although this will vary with the program.

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Cambridge

215 First St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142
(617) 218-8000
Pâtisserie And Baking – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts offers various Certificate program options for chefs, a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are offered at their Cambridge campus in the city of Cambridge. The college has roughly 352 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Tuition fees are around $12,328 annually.

Newbury College

129 Fisher Ave, Brookline, Massachusetts 02445
(617) 730-7000
Culinary Arts – Associate Program, Pastry Arts – Certificate Program

Newbury College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Brookline in Norfolk County, MA. This private, not-for-profit college has in the order of 865 students in total, with the majority of students on 4-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Tuition fees are generally around $33,510 per year. Books and supplies can cost in the order of $1,500, although this will depend on the program.

North Shore Community College

1 Ferncroft Rd, Danvers, Massachusetts 01923-0840
(978) 762-4000 x4350
Basic Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Nutritional Science & Diet Technology – Associate Program

North Shore Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Danvers in Essex County. The college has in the region of 6,961 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The cost of tuition for in-state students is usually around $4,848 and for out-of-state students in the order of $10,416 per year. Learning materials may cost about $1,200, although this will vary with the program.

Salter College-West Boylston

184 West Boylston Suite # 1, West Boylston, Massachusetts 01583
(774) 261-1500
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

The Culinary Arts Certificate program in Culinary Arts at Salter College is based at their West Boylston campus in West Boylston in Worcester County. The college has roughly 348 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Tuition fees are around $16,100 for each academic year. Books and supplies can cost roughly $2,783, although this will depend on the program.

Southeastern Technical Institute

250 Foundry St, South Easton, Massachusetts 02375
(508) 238-1860
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Culinary Arts at Southeastern Technical Institute is offered at their campus in South Easton in Bristol County, Massachusetts. Most of the school’s 121 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. The cost of tuition is likely to be in the order of $11,125 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost roughly $1,068, although this will vary with the program.

Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area Area

Berkshire Community College

1350 West Street, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201-5786
(413) 499-4660
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Berkshire Community College’s Certificate program in Culinary Arts is offered at their campus in Pittsfield in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. The college has roughly 2,111 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be in the order of $5,010 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $10,626 yearly. Study materials can cost about $1,035, depending on the program chosen.

Springfield, MA-CT Area

Branford Hall Career Institute-Springfield Campus

189 Brookdale Drive, Springfield, Massachusetts 01104
(413) 781-2276
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Culinary Arts at Branford Hall Career Institute is based at their Springfield campus in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts. Most of the school’s 529 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The cost of tuition is likely to be in the order of $16,507 yearly. Learning materials may cost about $1,830, although this will vary with the program.

Holyoke Community College

303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, Massachusetts 01040
(413) 552-2000
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Holyoke Community College’s Certificate-level Culinary Arts program is based at their campus in Holyoke in Hampden County, Massachusetts. The college has in the region of 6,285 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The cost of tuition for in-state students is usually about $4,502 and for students from other states in the order of $9,446 per year, while study materials may cost in the order of $1,600, 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

Residents of Massachusetts may also wish to review their options in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire and Vermont.