Culinary Arts Programs in Maine

This page provides comprehensive data on training options in culinary arts, baking and pastry, as well as other food preparation and services specialties in Maine. Additionally, we offer in depth data job prospects and pay rates in the pine tree state. [En Español]

Job Outlook

There were about 12,260 working as culinary arts professionals in the state of Maine as stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as of May 2016. Furthermore, there were 1,220 people working as baking professionals, as well as a further 7,020 working in food prep. There were 970 employed as food service managers. Employment for cooks and chefs in the pine tree state is predicted to increase by 3.9% in the decade to 2024.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in Maine

The mean wage for chefs working in restaurants in the country’s 39th largest state, in 2016, was $12.44 per hour, $25,880 per annum (BLS). Experienced senior cooks and chefs made an average annual salary of $42,070, or a wage of $20.22 per hour, during the same period, and baking and pastry specialists made $26,020 or $12.51 per hour.

Salaries in Maine by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers1,220$12.51$26,020$18,410$21,210$24,860$30,170$35,850
Butchers and Meat Cutters600$15.35$31,930$19,850$24,430$31,150$39,170$46,520
Chefs and Head Cooks750$20.22$42,070$27,240$30,970$40,120$50,360$59,460
Fast Food Cooks910$10.21$21,240$17,040$18,230$20,230$23,680$27,950
Food Preparation Workers7,020$11.18$23,250$17,340$19,130$22,290$26,240$31,260
Food Service Managers970$26.51$55,130$30,560$42,410$51,930$64,180$86,470
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks1,820$13.37$27,800$20,370$23,320$27,520$31,430$37,150
Other Cooks60$15.47$32,190$19,010$28,000$34,160$37,920$40,190
Restaurant Cooks4,980$12.44$25,880$18,390$21,400$25,330$30,040$35,170
Short Order Cooks1,920$10.90$22,660$17,380$19,640$22,490$25,130$29,260

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in Maine by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Bangor, ME40$18.83$39,170
Dover-Durham, NH-ME**$26.67$55,460
Lewiston-Auburn, ME40$18.77$39,050
Portland-South Portland, ME280$21.75$45,240
Portsmouth, NH-ME**$24.57$51,100

Restaurant Cook Salaries in Maine by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Bangor, ME410$12.03$25,010
Dover-Durham, NH-ME260$13.52$28,130
Lewiston-Auburn, ME230$12.09$25,140
Portland-South Portland, ME2,210$12.43$25,860
Portsmouth, NH-ME950$14.28$29,700

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Bangor, ME Area

Eastern Maine Community College

354 Hogan Rd, Bangor, Maine 04401
(207) 974-4600
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Eastern Maine 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 Bangor. This public college has approximately 2,732 students in total, with most students 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 usually about $3,676 and for students from other states in the order of $6,436 per year. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,000, depending on the program chosen.

Lewiston-Auburn, ME Area

Central Maine Community College

1250 Turner Street, Auburn, Maine 04210-6498
(207) 755-5100
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Culinary Arts at Central Maine Community College is taught at their campus in Auburn in Androscoggin County. This public college has approximately 2,984 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 students living in the state is roughly in the order of $3,540 and for students from outside the state around $6,300 for each academic year. Books and supplies can cost roughly $1,200, although this will depend on the program.

Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME Area

Southern Maine Community College

2 Fort Road, South Portland, Maine 04106-1698
(207) 741-5975
Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Southern Maine Community College’s Associate program is taught at their campus in the city of South Portland, Maine. The college has round 6,045 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 $3,760 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $6,520 yearly. Learning materials may cost about $1,400, although this will vary with the program.

York County Community College

112 College Drive, Wells, Maine 04090
(207) 646-9282
Baking and Pastry – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

York County Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are imparted at their campus in Wells in York County. The college has around 1,758 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Technical and Career Institutions. The cost of tuition for in-state students is usually about $3,540 and for students from other states in the order of $6,300 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,360, 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 New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New York.