Culinary Arts Programs in Missouri

Below you will find detailed data on culinary arts schools and education options both public and private in the state of Missouri. Also, we provide detailed facts job prospects and local wage rates. [En Español]

Job Outlook

In 2016, there were about 70,230 working as culinary arts professionals in the state of Missouri as stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In addition, there were 2,880 persons employed as bakers, and an additional 14,100 employed as food preparation workers. There were 3,870 employed in food service management. Jobs for chefs and cooks in the show me state are expected to expand by 3.6% for the 10-year period to 2024.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in Missouri

The mean wage for chefs employed in restaurants in the nation’s 18th most populous state, in 2016, was $11.12 per hour, $23,120 per annum (BLS). Experienced senior cooks and chefs earned an average salary of $44,580 during the same period, while bakers earned $23,600 or $11.34 per hour.

Salaries in Missouri by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers2,880$11.34$23,600$17,140$18,540$21,910$27,510$33,670
Butchers and Meat Cutters2,780$14.41$29,980$20,080$23,100$28,440$35,950$44,440
Chefs and Head Cooks1,930$21.43$44,580$23,030$31,650$39,260$56,140$70,810
Fast Food Cooks9,530$9.02$18,770$16,740$17,410$18,540$19,750$22,600
Food Preparation Workers14,100$9.88$20,550$16,850$17,740$19,220$22,790$27,060
Food Service Managers3,870$23.63$49,150$26,370$33,780$44,570$58,040$75,400
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks14,620$10.98$22,850$17,160$18,470$21,340$25,740$30,850
Other Cooks190$13.39$27,850$18,040$21,310$25,730$30,790$44,240
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers730$10.29$21,410$16,910$18,050$20,330$23,580$28,250
Restaurant Cooks26,100$11.12$23,120$17,330$18,870$22,040$25,810$31,440
Short Order Cooks3,240$9.76$20,300$16,870$17,710$19,110$22,410$25,910

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in Missouri by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Columbia, MO80$22.87$47,570
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO130$25.08$52,170
Joplin, MO80$13.95$29,020
Kansas City, MO-KS1,050$21.35$44,420
Springfield, MO**$23.11$48,070
St. Louis, MO-IL970$21.36$44,440

Restaurant Cook Salaries in Missouri by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL650$9.90$20,600
Columbia, MO1,210$10.75$22,360
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO2,450$11.27$23,440
Jefferson City, MO540$10.99$22,850
Joplin, MO410$10.18$21,180
Kansas City, MO-KS7,990$11.58$24,090
Springfield, MO2,260$10.01$20,810
St. Joseph, MO-KS310$11.27$23,440
St. Louis, MO-IL13,100$11.46$23,840

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL Area

Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center

1080 S. Silver Springs Rd., Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703-7511
(573) 334-0826
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center’s Certificate-level Culinary Arts program is based at their campus in the city of Cape Girardeau, MO. Most of the school’s 252 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. The college’s retention rate for full-time students is 86%. Tuition fees are around $8,372 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,013, although this will depend on the program.

Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area Area

Lake Career and Technical Center

269 Dare Blvd., Camdenton, Missouri 65020
(573) 346-9260
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Culinary Arts at Lake Career and Technical Center is offered at their campus in Camdenton in Camden County, MO. The majority of of the school’s 13 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. The retention rate of full-time students at this college is 100%. The cost of tuition is in the order of $4,500 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $350, although this varies from program to program.

Waynesville Career Center

400 G. W. Lane, Waynesville, Missouri 65583
(573) 842-2500
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Waynesville Career Center’s Certificate program in Culinary Arts is taught at their campus in the town of Waynesville. The college has approximately 69 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years. The college is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. Tuition fees are broadly around $13,615 annually, while study materials may cost around $1,885, depending on the program.

Joplin, MO Area

Franklin Technology-MSSU

3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, Missouri 64801-1595
(417) 659-4400
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Culinary Arts at Franklin Technology-MSSU is based at their campus in the city of Joplin. This public college has approximately 167 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years. The college is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. Tuition fees are usually around $13,107 yearly. Study materials can cost about $1,560, depending on the program chosen.

Kansas City, MO-KS Area

L’Ecole Culinaire-Kansas City

310 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri 64112-2110
(816) 627-0100
Culinary Fundamentals – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Culinary Fundamentals at L’Ecole Culinaire is based at their Kansas City campus in the city of Kansas City, MO. The college has approximately 202 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The cost of tuition is in the order of $11,340 for each academic year. Study materials can cost in the order of $2,100, depending on the program chosen.

Lex La-Ray Technical Center

2323 High School Dr, Lexington, Missouri 64067-1525
(660) 259-2264 x201
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Lex La-Ray Technical Center’s Certificate program in Culinary Arts is based at their campus in the town of Lexington, MO. The college has in the order of 32 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years. The college is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. The retention rate of full-time students at this college is over 80%. Tuition fees are, as a rough guide, around $11,835 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $2,775, although this varies from program to program.

Northland Career Center

1801 Branch, Platte City, Missouri 64079
(816) 858-5505
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Culinary Arts at Northland Career Center is based at their campus in the town of Platte City, Missouri. The majority of of the school’s 36 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. The college’s retention rate for full-time students is 100%. Tuition fees are generally around $11,000 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $2,152, although this will depend on the program.

Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area Area

Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center

3203 Oak Grove Rd, Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901-8960
(573) 785-2248
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

The Culinary Arts Certificate program in Culinary Arts at Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center is offered at their campus in the town of Poplar Bluff. Most of the school’s 60 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. The cost of tuition is usually in the order of $11,361 yearly. Study materials can cost about $3,070, depending on the program chosen.

Sikeston Career and Technology Center

1002 Virginia, Sikeston, Missouri 63801-3347
(573) 472-2581
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Sikeston Career and Technology Center’s Certificate program in Culinary Arts is taught at their campus in the town of Sikeston, MO. The college has round 46 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. Tuition fees are generally around $8,500 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,500, although this will depend on the program.

South Central Career Center

407 W. Thornburgh, West Plains, Missouri 65775
(417) 256-2256
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

South Central Career Center’s Certificate program is offered at their campus in the town of West Plains, Missouri. The college has about 56 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years. The college is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. The retention rate of full-time students at this college is over 80%. Fees for tuition are broadly about $10,580 annually, while study materials may cost around $2,445, depending on the program.

Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area Area

College of the Ozarks

100 Opportunity Avenue, Point Lookout, Missouri 65726-0017
(417) 334-6411
Culinary Arts – Bachelor Program

The Culinary Arts Bachelor’s program in Culinary Arts at College of the Ozarks is offered at their campus in the town of Point Lookout. The college, which has a Presbyterian Church (USA) religious affiliation,, which has a Presbyterian Church (USA) religious affiliation, has roughly 1,441 students in total, with the majority of students on 4-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Fees for tuition are broadly about $18,930 annually, while study materials may cost around $1,000, depending on the program.

Nevada Regional Technical Center

2015 North West Street, Nevada, Missouri 64772
(417) 448-2016 x4
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Nevada Regional Technical Center’s Certificate program in Culinary Arts is based at their campus in the town of Nevada. The college has roughly 16 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years. The college is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. Fees for tuition are generally about $7,500 yearly. Books and supplies can cost about $4,135, although this will depend on the program.

Springfield, MO Area

Ozarks Technical Community College

1001 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, Missouri 65802
(417) 447-7500
Baking Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry – Associate Program

Ozarks Technical Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Springfield. Most of the school’s 13,614 students are on 2-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 generally about $2,952 and are $4,164 and $5,352 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Books and supplies can cost around $800, although this will depend on the program.

St. Louis, MO-IL Area

East Central College

1964 Prairie Dell Rd, Union, Missouri 63084
(636) 584-6500
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

East Central College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Union in Franklin County, Missouri. The college has roughly 3,222 students in total, with most students 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 likely to be around $2,376 and are $3,216 and $4,584 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while study materials may cost about $1,500, depending on the program.

Hickey College

2700 N. Lindbergh Blvd., Saint Louis, Missouri 63114
(314) 434-2212 x185
Culinary Arts – Associate Program, Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Hickey College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are based at their campus in Saint Louis in Saint Louis County, Missouri. The college has about 391 students in total, with the majority of students on 4-year programs. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. The cost of tuition is likely to be in the order of $13,930 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,860, although this will vary with the program.

Jefferson College

1000 Viking Drive, Hillsboro, Missouri 63050-2440
(636) 797-3000
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Jefferson College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are based at their campus in Hillsboro in Jefferson County. The college has roughly 4,705 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 generally in the order of $2,400 and are $3,576 and $4,728 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Learning materials may cost in the order of $916, although this will vary with the program.

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-St Louis

7898 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, St Peters, Missouri 63376
(636) 696-4850
Pâtisserie And Baking – Certificate Program

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts offers various Certificate program options for chefs. Classes are taken at their St Louis campus in St Peters in Saint Charles County, Missouri. The majority of of the school’s 142 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Fees for tuition are likely to be about $13,306 per year.

L’Ecole Culinaire-St Louis

9811 South Forty Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63124-1188
(314) 587-2433
Culinary Fundamentals – Certificate Program, Culinary & Restaurant Management – Associate Program

L’Ecole Culinaire offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their St Louis campus in St. Louis in Saint Louis County. The majority of of the school’s 246 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. The cost of tuition is in the order of $13,500 yearly. Study materials can cost about $2,100, depending on the program chosen.

Saint Louis Community College

300 South Broadway, Saint Louis, Missouri 63102-2810
(314) 539-5000
Baking and Pastry Arts – Associate Program

Saint Louis Community College offers various Associate program options for chefs. All programs are taught at their campus in the city of Saint Louis. Most of the school’s 18,902 students are 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 $3,180 and are $4,560 and $6,240 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while study materials may cost around $1,000, depending 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

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