Culinary Arts Programs in New Hampshire

Here you will find detailed data on culinary arts schools and education options in New Hampshire. Additionally, you will find detailed facts employment prospects and salaries in the granite state. [En Español]

Job Outlook

In May 2016, there were approximately 14,270 people employed as head chefs, chefs and other cooks in New Hampshire according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Additionally, there were 890 persons in employment as baking and pastry professionals, as well as a further 3,160 in employment in food preparation. There were 1,140 making a living as food service managers. In the decade to 2024, it is expected that jobs for cooks and chefs in the granite state will increase by 5.3%.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in New Hampshire

The average annual salary for chefs working in restaurants in the nation’s 42nd most populous state, as of May 2016, was $27,480 (BLS), or around $13.21 per hour. Chefs and experienced senior cooks made a mean salary of $46,450, or $22.33 per hour, during the same period, while bakers made $27,920 or $13.42 per hour.

Salaries in New Hampshire by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers890$13.42$27,920$17,870$21,840$27,080$30,690$38,970
Butchers and Meat Cutters500$18.85$39,210$24,940$30,820$39,040$46,870$53,410
Chefs and Head Cooks990$22.33$46,450$32,270$37,190$44,790$54,360$64,000
Fast Food Cooks1,330$9.73$20,240$16,370$17,500$19,390$22,930$26,170
Food Preparation Workers3,160$10.74$22,340$16,930$18,910$22,050$25,040$29,480
Food Service Managers1,140$27.14$56,460$35,330$43,730$54,040$66,750$80,700
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks1,550$15.25$31,720$21,830$26,010$30,790$37,040$43,670
Other Cooks40$15.88$33,030$22,880$27,410$32,180$37,910$42,970
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers100$10.18$21,170$16,760$18,520$21,070$23,810$27,100
Restaurant Cooks5,580$13.21$27,480$20,230$23,350$27,520$31,250$36,430
Short Order Cooks3,230$10.05$20,890$16,500$17,690$19,640$23,820$28,390

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in New Hampshire by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH3,610$26.36$54,830
Dover-Durham, NH-ME**$26.67$55,460
Manchester, NH100$23.24$48,340
Portsmouth, NH-ME**$24.57$51,100

Restaurant Cook Salaries in New Hampshire by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH22,430$14.18$29,490
Dover-Durham, NH-ME260$13.52$28,130
Manchester, NH990$13.36$27,790
Portsmouth, NH-ME950$14.28$29,700

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Manchester, NH Area

Nashua Community College

505 Amherst St, Nashua, New Hampshire 03063-1026
(603) 578-8900
Culinary Arts – Associate Program

The Associate’s program in Culinary Arts at Nashua Community College is based at their campus in the city of Nashua, New Hampshire. The majority of of the school’s 2,056 students are 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 about $6,912 and for students from other states around $15,072 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,400, depending on the program.

Southern New Hampshire University

2500 North River Road, Manchester, New Hampshire 03106-1045
(603) 668-2211
Culinary and Baking Arts – Associate Program, Culinary and Baking Arts – Certificate Program

Southern New Hampshire University offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are based at their campus in the city of Manchester. Of the 61,285 students, about 28% are postgraduates. The university is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Tuition fees are broadly in the order of $31,136 yearly, while study materials may cost about $1,200, depending on the program.

Northern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area Area

White Mountains Community College

2020 Riverside Drive, Berlin, New Hampshire 03570
(603) 752-1113
Baking and Pastry Arts – Certificate Program, Baking and Pastry Arts – Associate Program

White Mountains Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of Berlin. The majority of of the school’s 1,001 students are 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 $7,344 and for students from outside the state around $15,504 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost roughly $1,400, although this will vary with the program.

Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area Area

Lakes Region Community College

379 Belmont Road, Laconia, New Hampshire 03246
(603) 366-5221
Pastry Arts – Certificate Program, Pastry Arts – Associate Program

Lakes Region 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 Laconia, New Hampshire. This public college has round 1,170 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. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be about $6,642 and for students from other states likely to be about $14,802 yearly, while study materials may cost about $1,400, although this will vary with the program.

Rochester-Dover, NH-ME Area

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus

105 Main St., Thompson Hall, Durham, New Hampshire 03824-3547
(603) 862-1234
Culinary Arts – Associate Program

The Culinary Arts Associate’s program in Culinary Arts at University of New Hampshire is based at their Main campus in Durham in Strafford County. Of the 15,351 students, about 15% are postgraduates. The University of New Hampshire-Main Campus has institutional accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The college’s retention rate for full-time students is 85%. The cost of tuition for in-state students is in the order of $17,624 and for students from outside the state in the order of $31,424 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,200, 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 New Hampshire may also wish to review their options in Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and New York.