Culinary Arts Programs in New Jersey

Below you will find comprehensive data on culinary schools and education options in the state of New Jersey. Additionally, you will find comprehensive facts job prospects and pay rates in the state of New Jersey. [En Español]

Job Outlook

There were 55,230 working as cooks and chefs in New Jersey according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as of May 2016. Moreover, there were 5,870 people working as baking professionals, as well as a further 30,810 working in food prep. There were 2,760 employed as food service managers. Employment for chefs and cooks in the garden state, in the 10 years to 2024, is expected to expand by 10.5%, which compares favorably with 4.5% growth expected nationwide.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in New Jersey

The mean wage for restaurant chefs in the country’s 47th largest state, in 2016, was $15.29 per hour, $31,810 per annum (BLS). Experienced senior cooks and chefs made an average annual salary of $61,970, or a wage of $29.79 per hour, during the same period, and baking and pastry specialists made $29,390 or $14.13 per hour.

Salaries in New Jersey by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers5,870$14.13$29,390$19,040$21,240$26,650$35,620$45,640
Butchers and Meat Cutters3,640$19.17$39,880$19,650$23,560$42,490$54,500$61,010
Chefs and Head Cooks2,700$29.79$61,970$37,030$47,660$59,540$72,280$83,860
Fast Food Cooks9,300$10.54$21,930$18,080$18,540$19,330$22,680$28,300
Food Preparation Workers30,810$11.01$22,900$18,410$19,150$21,230$24,990$30,100
Food Service Managers2,760$36.48$75,880$47,880$57,220$71,980$91,910$112,860
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks7,590$15.10$31,410$20,510$24,330$29,570$37,010$46,460
Other Cooks440$15.63$32,510$18,800$20,180$29,280$39,870$50,590
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers2,310$12.02$24,990$18,770$19,930$23,310$28,810$34,700
Restaurant Cooks20,480$15.29$31,810$21,460$24,750$29,290$36,350$46,050
Short Order Cooks7,130$11.86$24,670$18,720$20,410$23,240$27,690$33,330

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in New Jersey by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ220$24.84$51,660
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ310$28.30$58,870
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA13,410$24.27$50,480
Ocean City, NJ90$25.02$52,040
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD2,020$27.51$57,230
Trenton, NJ210$24.70$51,390

Restaurant Cook Salaries in New Jersey by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ2,640$12.85$26,740
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ1,760$15.44$32,110
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA62,490$14.32$29,780
Ocean City, NJ740$15.51$32,250
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD20,770$12.98$26,990
Trenton, NJ970$14.30$29,750

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ Area

Atlantic Cape Community College

5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, New Jersey 08330-2699
(609) 625-1111
Food Service Management – Associate Program, Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Atlantic Cape Community College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program, a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Mays Landing in Atlantic County, New Jersey. This public college has in the order of 6,361 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Fees for tuition for in-district students are likely to be about $4,407 and are $6,147 and $7,707 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while books and supplies may cost about $1,900, although this varies from program to program.

Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division Area

Rowan College at Burlington County

601 Pemberton-Browns Mills Road, Pemberton, New Jersey 08068-1599
(609) 894-9311 x1541
Cooking and Baking – Certificate Program, Pastry Arts – Associate Program

Rowan College at Burlington County offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and two Associate programs. All programs are based at their campus in Pemberton in Burlington County. This public college has approximately 8,762 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The cost of tuition for in-district students is usually in the order of $4,065 and are $4,545 and $6,495 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,200, depending on the program chosen.

Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division Area

Brookdale Community College

765 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft, New Jersey 07738-1597
(732) 224-2345
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Pastry Arts – Associate Program

Brookdale Community College offers various Certificate program options for chefs, a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Lincroft in Monmouth County, NJ. The majority of of the school’s 13,835 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Tuition fees for in-district students are roughly around $3,861 and are $6,639 and $7,239 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Study materials can cost roughly $1,500, depending on the program chosen.

Middlesex County College

2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, New Jersey 08818-3050
(732) 548-6000
Baking and Pastry Arts – Certificate Program

Middlesex County College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. Classes are taken at their campus in Edison in Middlesex County, New Jersey. This public college has about 11,662 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The cost of tuition for in-district students is roughly in the order of $3,420 and are $6,840 and $6,840 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Learning materials may cost roughly $1,380, although this will vary with the program.

137 Bey Lea Rd, Toms River, New Jersey 08753
(732) 473-3100 x3139
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Ocean County Vocational-Technical School’s Certificate program is offered at their campus in Toms River in Ocean County. The college has approximately 519 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. Tuition fees are around $10,160 yearly. Study materials can cost about $1,973, depending on the program chosen.

New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division Area

Bergen Community College

400 Paramus Rd, Paramus, New Jersey 07652-1595
(201) 447-7200
Hotel and Restaurant Management – Certificate Program

Bergen Community College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. Classes are taken at their campus in Paramus in Bergen County, NJ. The majority of of the school’s 14,585 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Fees for tuition for in-district students are roughly about $4,362 and are $7,878 and $8,238 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Study materials can cost roughly $1,400, depending on the program chosen.

Hudson County Community College

70 Sip Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey 07306
(201) 714-7100
Baking & Pastry – Associate Program, Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Hudson County Community College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program, a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Jersey City, NJ. The college has around 9,051 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Tuition fees for in-district students are likely to be around $5,353 and are $9,223 and $13,093 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Study materials can cost about $1,500, depending on the program chosen.

Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division Area

County College of Morris

214 Center Grove Rd, Randolph, New Jersey 07869-2086
(973) 328-5000
Culinary Arts – Associate Program

County College of Morris’s Associate program is offered at their campus in Randolph in Morris County. The college has around 8,026 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Tuition fees for in-district students are generally around $4,690 and are $8,380 and $11,530 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Books and supplies can cost around $1,400, although this will depend on the program.

Trenton-Ewing, NJ Area

Mercer County Community College

1200 Old Trenton Rd, West Windsor, New Jersey 08550-3407
(609) 586-4800
Pastry Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Mercer County Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program, an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are taught at their campus in West Windsor in Mercer County. Most of the school’s 7,979 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The cost of tuition for in-district students is usually in the order of $3,768 and are $4,932 and $7,068 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,364, 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 Jersey may also wish to review their options in New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware.