Culinary Arts Programs in Mississippi

This page provides detailed data on education options for chefs, bakers and pastry chefs, food preparers and other food service professionals in Mississippi. Additionally, you will find detailed facts job prospects and wage rates in the magnolia state. [En Español]

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in May 2016, there were approximately 38,660 persons working as culinary professionals, such as chefs, head chefs and cooks in Mississippi. Furthermore, there were 840 persons in employment as baking and pastry professionals, and an additional 9,110 in employment in food preparation. There were 1,430 employed as food service managers. Jobs for cooks and chefs in the magnolia state are expected to expand by 2.4% in the decade to 2024.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in Mississippi

The average annual salary for chefs employed in restaurants in Mississippi, in 2016, was $21,630 (BLS), or roughly $10.40 per hour. Head cooks and chefs made an average salary of $43,070, or a wage of $20.71 per hour, for the same year, while baking and pastry specialists made $23,220 or $11.16 per hour.

Salaries in Mississippi by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers840$11.16$23,220$16,710$18,540$22,020$26,150$32,730
Butchers and Meat Cutters1,240$12.68$26,370$17,060$19,310$24,590$31,670$39,700
Chefs and Head Cooks960$20.71$43,070$22,070$30,450$40,220$55,850$63,150
Fast Food Cooks10,920$8.63$17,960$16,090$16,820$18,030$19,240$20,420
Food Preparation Workers9,110$9.10$18,920$16,220$17,090$18,540$20,160$23,760
Food Service Managers1,430$22.78$47,380$26,050$34,060$44,540$57,830$71,180
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks7,370$9.44$19,630$16,280$17,230$18,810$21,340$24,760
Other Cooks230$12.42$25,840$18,400$21,390$25,900$29,870$33,890
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers1,090$9.22$19,190$16,230$17,070$18,470$19,950$23,670
Restaurant Cooks9,530$10.40$21,630$16,470$17,860$20,550$24,970$29,500
Short Order Cooks2,280$9.73$20,240$16,370$17,480$19,340$22,770$25,590

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in Mississippi by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS190$22.16$46,090
Hattiesburg, MS**$19.54$40,630
Jackson, MS190$23.95$49,820
Memphis, TN-MS-AR700$17.48$36,360

Restaurant Cook Salaries in Mississippi by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS2,190$11.26$23,420
Hattiesburg, MS620$10.55$21,940
Jackson, MS1,840$10.33$21,480
Memphis, TN-MS-AR4,670$10.91$22,690

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Gulfport-Biloxi, MS Area

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

51 Main Street, Perkinston, Mississippi 39573
(866) 735-1122
Baking & Pastry Arts Technology – Certificate Program, Baking & Pastry Arts Technology – Associate Program

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Perkinston in Stone County. This public college has approximately 9,391 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be in the order of $3,272 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $6,072 yearly, while study materials may cost about $860, depending on the program.

Jackson, MS Area

Copiah-Lincoln Community College

1001 Co-Lin Lane, Wesson, Mississippi 39191
(601) 643-5101
Culinary Arts Technology – Certificate Program, Hotel and Restaurant Management Technology – Associate Program

Copiah-Lincoln Community College offers various Certificate program options for chefs, a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Wesson in Copiah County. The college has around 3,098 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Tuition fees for in-state students are generally around $2,730 and for out-of-state students approximately $4,730 annually, while study materials may cost around $1,200, depending on the program.

Hinds Community College

608 Hinds Boulevard, Raymond, Mississippi 39154
(601) 857-5261
Culinary Arts Technology – Certificate Program, Hotel and Restaurant Management Technology – Associate Program

Hinds Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Raymond in Hinds County. The majority of of the school’s 11,935 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Tuition fees for in-state students are around $2,840 and for out-of-state students approximately $5,640 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,600, although this will depend on the program.

Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area Area

Mississippi University for Women

1100 College Street, Columbus, Mississippi 39701
(662) 329-4750
Culinary Arts – Bachelor Program

Mississippi University for Women’s Bachelor-level Culinary Arts program is offered at their campus in the town of Columbus, Mississippi. This is a full, 4-year public college with 2,673 students, of which 92% are undergraduates. The university is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Tuition fees for in-state students are around $6,065 and for out-of-state students approximately $16,634 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,500, although this will depend on the program.

Northeast Mississippi Community College

101 Cunningham Blvd, Booneville, Mississippi 38829
(662) 728-7751
Culinary Arts Technology – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts Technology – Associate Program

Northeast Mississippi Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are taught at their campus in the town of Booneville. This public college has in the region of 3,569 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is about $2,732 and for students from other states around $4,982 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,600, depending on the program.

Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area Area

Coahoma Community College

3240 Friars Point Rd, Clarksdale, Mississippi 38614
(662) 627-2571
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Coahoma Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are imparted at their campus in Clarksdale in Coahoma County, MS. This public college has around 2,148 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Fees for tuition are about $2,603 for each academic year. Books and supplies can cost roughly $800, although this will depend on the program.

Mississippi Delta Community College

Hwy 3 and Cherry St, Moorhead, Mississippi 38761
(662) 246-6322
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts Technology – Associate Program

Mississippi Delta Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program, an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of Moorhead, MS. This public college has about 2,402 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Tuition fees for in-state students are generally around $2,650 and for out-of-state students approximately $4,258 annually. Study materials can cost around $1,400, depending on the program chosen.

Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area Area

East Central Community College

15738 Highway 15, Decatur, Mississippi 39327-0129
(601) 635-2111
Culinary Arts Technology – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts Technology – Associate Program

East Central Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are imparted at their campus in Decatur in Newton County. The majority of of the school’s 2,558 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The cost of tuition for in-state students is usually about $2,290 and for students from other states in the order of $4,390 per year. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,280, depending on the program chosen.

East Mississippi Community College

1512 Kemper Street, Scooba, Mississippi 39358-0158
(662) 476-5000
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

East Mississippi Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are taught at their campus in Scooba in Kemper County, Mississippi. The college has about 4,259 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Tuition fees for in-state students are around $2,840 and for out-of-state students approximately $5,240 annually. Learning materials may cost around $1,200, although this will depend on the program.

Jones County Junior College

900 South Court Street, Ellisville, Mississippi 39437
(601) 477-4000
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Jones County Junior College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of Ellisville. The majority of of the school’s 4,727 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The cost of tuition for in-state students is around $3,000 and for out-of-state students in the order of $5,000 per year. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,200, depending on the program chosen.

Meridian Community College

910 Hwy 19 N, Meridian, Mississippi 39307-5801
(601) 483-8241
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Meridian Community College offers various Certificate program options for chefs, a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of Meridian, MS. The college has around 3,381 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Tuition fees for in-state students are around $2,440 and for out-of-state students approximately $3,740 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,800, 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 Mississippi may also wish to review their options in Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee and Alabama.