Culinary Arts Programs in Maryland

Here you will find detailed information on culinary arts schools and education options in Maryland. Furthermore, we provide detailed information the job outlook and salary expectations. [En Español]

Job Outlook

There were approximately 41,220 people working as head chefs, chefs and other cooks in Maryland in May 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In addition, there were 3,560 persons employed as bakers, and an additional 16,120 employed as food preparation workers. There were 2,460 employed as food service managers. Jobs for chefs and cooks in the old line state, for the 10-year period to 2024, are expected to expand by 16.7%.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in Maryland

The average annual salary for chefs working in restaurants in the country’s 42nd largest state, as of May 2016, was $26,260 (BLS). Head cooks and chefs made an average annual salary of $49,730, or $23.91 per hour, in the same year, and baking and pastry specialists made $27,940 or $13.43 per hour.

Salaries in Maryland by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers3,560$13.43$27,940$19,190$21,450$25,240$33,290$40,420
Butchers and Meat Cutters1,550$18.14$37,720$21,950$28,220$40,870$46,800$50,450
Chefs and Head Cooks2,340$23.91$49,730$28,020$34,790$45,220$62,890$79,560
Fast Food Cooks7,640$10.44$21,710$17,800$18,760$20,690$24,040$27,840
Food Preparation Workers16,120$11.55$24,010$17,800$18,760$21,590$27,680$35,280
Food Service Managers2,460$31.81$66,170$37,860$50,700$60,210$78,070$99,630
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks4,440$15.68$32,620$22,320$26,900$31,670$37,510$44,200
Other Cooks310$14.57$30,310$20,960$23,420$28,540$36,320$44,030
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers1,420$12.02$24,990$18,750$20,720$23,500$28,150$34,350
Restaurant Cooks17,940$12.62$26,260$18,690$21,240$25,480$29,960$35,340
Short Order Cooks4,110$11.55$24,030$17,900$19,010$21,970$27,120$33,900

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in Maryland by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD1,300$21.59$44,900
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV40$23.87$49,650
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD2,020$27.51$57,230
Salisbury, MD-DE140$22.53$46,870
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV2,930$30.05$62,510

Restaurant Cook Salaries in Maryland by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD9,310$12.49$25,980
California-Lexington Park, MD310$13.12$27,290
Cumberland, MD-WV330$10.32$21,470
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV630$11.06$22,990
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD20,770$12.98$26,990
Salisbury, MD-DE2,060$12.40$25,800
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV26,120$13.04$27,120

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Baltimore-Towson, MD Area

Lincoln College of Technology-Columbia

9325 Snowden River Pky, Columbia, Maryland 21046
(410) 290-7100 x41500
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Professional Baking & Pastry Chef Training – Associate Program

Lincoln College of Technology offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their Columbia campus in the city of Columbia, MD. Most of the school’s 711 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Tuition fees are around $31,176 per year. Books and supplies can cost in the order of $1,369, although this will depend on the program.

Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division Area

Frederick Community College

7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, Maryland 21702-2964
(301) 846-2400
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts and Supervision – Associate Program

Frederick 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 Frederick, MD. The college has in the region of 6,197 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Fees for tuition for in-district students are roughly about $3,450 and are $6,810 and $9,018 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Study materials can cost roughly $1,200, depending on the program chosen.

L’Academie de Cuisine

16006 Industrial Dr, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877-1414
(301) 670-8670 x224
Pastry – Certificate Program

L’Academie de Cuisine offers various Certificate program options for chefs. Classes are taken at their campus in Gaithersburg in Montgomery County, MD. The college has in the region of 161 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training. Tuition fees are usually around $29,775 for each academic year. Study materials can cost roughly $725, depending on the program chosen.

Cumberland, MD-WV Area

Allegany College of Maryland

12401 Willowbrook Rd SE, Cumberland, Maryland 21502-2596
(301) 784-5000
Culinary Arts – Associate Program

The Associate’s degree program in Culinary Arts at Allegany College of Maryland is offered at their campus in the city of Cumberland, MD. This public college has in the region of 3,091 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The cost of tuition for in-district students is generally in the order of $3,750 and are $6,990 and $8,340 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while books and supplies may cost around $1,512, although this varies from program to program.

Upper Eastern Shore nonmetropolitan area Area

Chesapeake College

1000 College Circle, Wye Mills, Maryland 21679-0008
(410) 822-5400
Culinary – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Culinary at Chesapeake College is based at their campus in Wye Mills in Talbot County, Maryland. The majority of of the school’s 2,264 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Fees for tuition for in-district students are roughly about $3,820 and are $5,512 and $7,360 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Study materials can cost roughly $943, depending on the program chosen.

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Area

Prince George’s Community College

301 Largo Rd, Largo, Maryland 20774-2199
(301) 546-7422
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Prince George’s Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are imparted at their campus in Largo in Prince George’S County, MD. This public college has around 13,228 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Fees for tuition for in-district students are roughly about $3,650 and are $5,762 and $8,090 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Learning materials may cost around $1,500, 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 Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia.