Culinary Arts Programs in North Dakota

This webpage offers comprehensive data on culinary schools and education options in North Dakota. Moreover, you will find in depth facts job prospects and salaries. [En Español]

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2016, there were about 7,740 working as cooks and chefs in the state of North Dakota. Furthermore, there were 610 persons employed as baking and pastry specialists, and an additional 2,280 employed as food prep workers. There were 580 employed in food service management. It is expected that employment for cooks in the peace garden state will grow by 12.0% in the decade to 2024.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in North Dakota

As of May 2016, the mean annual salary for chefs working in restaurants in North Dakota was $28,400 (BLS), or approximately $13.65 per hour. Experienced senior cooks and chefs earned an average annual salary of $45,210, or a wage of $21.73 per hour, for the same period, while baking and pastry chefs earned $29,980 or $14.41 per hour.

Salaries in North Dakota by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Butchers and Meat Cutters500$20.18$41,980$22,370$26,780$34,490$40,740$106,790
Chefs and Head Cooks330$21.73$45,210$32,530$37,840$44,930$51,660$60,720
Fast Food Cooks1,450$11.79$24,530$17,440$20,450$24,020$28,570$32,200
Food Preparation Workers2,280$12.58$26,160$17,790$20,940$26,020$30,580$36,160
Food Service Managers580$26.95$56,050$32,290$42,400$49,560$62,030$90,360
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks1,490$14.09$29,310$20,670$24,610$29,020$34,270$38,530
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers180$10.04$20,890$17,000$18,640$20,720$23,270$24,820
Restaurant Cooks2,700$13.65$28,400$20,160$22,650$27,220$33,840$39,310
Short Order Cooks280$11.67$24,270$20,150$21,500$23,610$26,780$30,410

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in North Dakota by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Bismarck, ND**$25.42$52,860
Fargo, ND-MN140$19.10$39,730

Restaurant Cook Salaries in North Dakota by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Bismarck, ND430$13.89$28,880
Fargo, ND-MN1,050$14.45$30,060
Grand Forks, ND-MN390$12.84$26,710

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area Area

North Dakota State College of Science

800 N 6th St, Wahpeton, North Dakota 58076-0002
(701) 671-2403
Chef Training and Management Technology – Certificate Program, Restaurant Management – Associate Program

North Dakota State College of Science offers various Certificate program options for chefs, a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are based at their campus in the town of Wahpeton, North Dakota. The college has round 3,123 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 students living in the state is in the order of $4,697 and for students from outside the state around $12,059 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost roughly $1,000, 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 ( Confirm with college before applying.

Neighbor States

Students may also wish to review their options in Montana, South Dakota and Minnesota.