Culinary Arts Programs in Michigan

Below you will find detailed information on community colleges and private schools offering education programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry, and other culinary specialties in Michigan. Additionally, we offer detailed information job prospects and current wage rates in the state of Michigan. [En Español]

Job Outlook

In May 2016, as stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were about 75,700 working as culinary arts professionals in the state of Michigan. Additionally, there were 5,420 people working as baking professionals, as well as a further 20,530 working in food prep. There were 5,170 making a living as food service managers. It is predicted that, in the 10 years to 2024, employment for cooks in the Great Lakes state will expand by 5.5%.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in Michigan

The mean wage for chefs working in restaurants in the country’s 11st largest state, in May 2016, was $11.45 per hour, $23,820 per annum (BLS). Chefs and experienced senior cooks earned an average annual salary of $49,120, or a wage of $23.62 per hour, in the same period, and bakers earned $25,230 or $12.13 per hour.

Salaries in Michigan by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers5,420$12.13$25,230$18,440$19,610$23,170$28,730$36,100
Butchers and Meat Cutters3,690$14.43$30,010$19,000$21,830$28,430$36,460$44,350
Chefs and Head Cooks2,930$23.62$49,120$24,370$32,360$43,920$59,630$87,960
Fast Food Cooks14,110$9.78$20,350$17,990$18,450$19,230$20,750$24,120
Food Preparation Workers20,530$11.52$23,960$18,270$19,150$22,070$27,440$34,350
Food Service Managers5,170$28.44$59,160$29,360$37,660$52,030$71,250$98,270
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks8,830$13.13$27,310$19,910$22,610$26,820$30,720$36,420
Other Cooks370$12.10$25,180$18,500$19,670$22,540$28,990$36,850
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers850$10.08$20,970$18,040$18,570$19,490$22,300$26,950
Restaurant Cooks36,240$11.45$23,820$18,310$19,250$22,270$26,950$31,420
Short Order Cooks4,390$10.83$22,520$18,150$18,860$20,790$25,220$29,950

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in Michigan by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Ann Arbor, MI150$25.73$53,520
Battle Creek, MI**$26.45$55,020
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI1,370$23.74$49,370
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI300$19.86$41,310
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI60$19.06$39,630
Lansing-East Lansing, MI240$24.59$51,140
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI50$26.75$55,640
Saginaw, MI**$23.38$48,630
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI50$18.34$38,140

Restaurant Cook Salaries in Michigan by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Ann Arbor, MI1,570$12.41$25,820
Battle Creek, MI**$10.00$20,790
Bay City, MI360$11.10$23,090
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI15,290$12.05$25,070
Flint, MI1,290$10.99$22,850
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI4,830$10.84$22,540
Jackson, MI540$9.82$20,430
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI1,110$11.04$22,970
Lansing-East Lansing, MI1,370$10.83$22,520
Midland, MI270$10.73$22,320
Monroe, MI510$10.74$22,340
Muskegon, MI550$11.60$24,120
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI960$11.27$23,450
Saginaw, MI850$10.53$21,900
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI1,450$11.57$24,060

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Ann Arbor, MI Area

Washtenaw Community College

4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105-4800
(734) 973-3300
Baking and Pastry Arts – Certificate Program, Baking and Pastry Arts – Associate Program

Washtenaw Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program, an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County, MI. Most of the school’s 12,211 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees for in-district students are usually around $2,424 and are $3,888 and $5,160 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Study materials can cost in the order of $930, depending on the program chosen.

Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area Area

Ferris State University

1201 S State St, Big Rapids, Michigan 49307-2251
(231) 591-2000
Culinary Management – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Culinary Management at Ferris State University is based at their campus in the town of Big Rapids, Michigan. This is a full, 4-year public college with 14,715 students, of which 91% are undergraduates. The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Fees for tuition for in-state students are roughly about $11,290 and for students from other states around $18,048 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost roughly $914, although this will vary with the program.

Michigan Career and Technical Institute

11611 West Pine Lake Road, Plainwell, Michigan 49080-9254
(269) 664-4461
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Michigan Career and Technical Institute’s Certificate-level Culinary Arts program is taught at their campus in Plainwell in Allegan County. The college has round 222 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. The retention rate of full-time students at this college is 82%. Tuition fees for in-state students are around $6,816 and for out-of-state students approximately $9,892 annually.

Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division Area

Henry Ford College

5101 Evergreen Rd, Dearborn, Michigan 48128-1495
(313) 845-9600
Baking and Pastry – Certificate Program, Hotel/Restaurant Management – Associate Program

Henry Ford College offers various Certificate program options for chefs, a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are based at their campus in the city of Dearborn. Most of the school’s 12,755 students are 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 usually in the order of $2,822 and are $4,454 and $6,110 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,464, although this will vary with the program.

Schoolcraft College

18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, Michigan 48152-2696
(734) 462-4400
Culinary Baking & Pastry Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Schoolcraft College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program, an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are taught at their campus in the city of Livonia, MI. This public college has round 11,687 students in total, with the majority of students on 4-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Fees for tuition for in-district students are roughly about $3,836 and are $5,216 and $7,316 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Study materials can cost roughly $1,404, depending on the program chosen.

Flint, MI Area

Baker College

1050 West Bristol Road, Flint, Michigan 48507-5508
(810) 766-4000
Baking and Pastry – Associate Program, Baking and Pastry – Certificate Program

Baker College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program, a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are offered at their campus in Flint in Genesee County, MI. This is a full, 4-year private college with 23,790 students, of which 98% are undergraduates. The college is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition is in the order of $9,000 yearly. Study materials can cost about $1,800, depending on the program chosen.

Mott Community College

1401 E Court St, Flint, Michigan 48503-2089
(810) 762-0200
Pastry Techniques – Certificate Program, Baking & Pastry Arts – Associate Program

Mott Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and two Associate programs. All programs are offered at their campus in the city of Flint, Michigan. This public college has in the region of 8,617 students in total, with the majority of 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 likely to be in the order of $3,785 and are $5,061 and $6,931 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while books and supplies may cost about $1,006, depending on the program chosen.

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI Area

Grand Rapids Community College

143 Bostwick Ave NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503-3295
(616) 234-4000
Baking & Pastry Arts – Certificate Program

Grand Rapids Community College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Grand Rapids. This public college has approximately 14,926 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 usually in the order of $3,789 and are $7,599 and $11,049 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,016, depending on the program chosen.

Monroe, MI Area

Monroe County Community College

1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Michigan 48161-9746
(734) 242-7300
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Agriculture and Food Studies – Associate Program

Monroe County Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are imparted at their campus in Monroe in Monroe County, Michigan. The majority of of the school’s 3,192 students are 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 generally in the order of $3,880 and are $6,250 and $6,880 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Books and supplies can cost around $1,296, although this will depend on the program.

Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area Area

Alpena Community College

665 Johnson St, Alpena, Michigan 49707
(989) 356-9021
Culinary Classes – Certificate Program

Alpena Community College’s Certificate-level Culinary Classes program is taught at their campus in Alpena in Alpena County. The college has approximately 1,493 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. Tuition fees for in-district students are generally around $4,290 and are $6,450 and $6,450 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while study materials may cost around $1,000, depending on the program.

Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area Area

Northwestern Michigan College

1701 E Front St, Traverse City, Michigan 49686
(231) 995-1000
Culinary Arts – Associate Program, Baking – Certificate Program

Northwestern Michigan College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of Traverse City, MI. Most of the school’s 4,264 students are on 4-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The retention rate of full-time students at this college is over 80%. The cost of tuition for in-district students is roughly in the order of $3,582 and are $6,630 and $8,501 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while study materials may cost roughly $1,500, depending on the program.

Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division Area

Dorsey Business Schools-Roseville Culinary Academy

31522 Gratiot Ave, Roseville, Michigan 48066
(586) 296-3225
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Dorsey Business Schools-Roseville Culinary Academy’s Certificate program in Culinary Arts is based at their campus in Roseville in Macomb County, Michigan. Most of the school’s 141 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The cost of tuition is in the order of $20,976 yearly.

Dorsey Business Schools-Waterford Pontiac

440 N Telegraph Rd, Pontiac, Michigan 48341
(248) 333-1814
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Dorsey Business Schools’s Certificate program in Culinary Arts is based at their Waterford Pontiac campus in the city of Pontiac. Most of the school’s 156 students are on diploma programs of under two years. Fees for tuition are broadly about $19,872 for each academic year.

Macomb Community College

14500 E Twelve Mile Rd, Warren, Michigan 48088-3896
(586) 445-7999
Pastry Arts – Certificate Program

Macomb Community College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. All programs are based at their campus in the city of Warren. The college has roughly 22,182 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Fees for tuition for in-district students are roughly about $3,282 and are $5,855 and $7,405 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Study materials can cost roughly $1,566, depending on the program chosen.

Oakland Community College

2480 Opdyke Rd, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304-2266
(248) 341-2000
Baking and Pastry Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Oakland Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Bloomfield Hills in Oakland County. Most of the school’s 21,061 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees for in-district students are usually around $2,940 and are $5,430 and $5,430 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,450, depending on the program chosen.

The Art Institute of Michigan

28125 Cabot Drive, Suite 120, Novi, Michigan 48377-2985
(248) 675-3800
Baking & Pastry – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

The Art Institute of Michigan offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program, an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are offered at their campus in the city of Novi. The college has in the order of 800 students in total, with the majority of students on 4-year programs. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. The cost of tuition is likely to be in the order of $14,928 annually. Learning materials may cost around $1,500, 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

Residents of Michigan may also wish to review their options in Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin.