Culinary Arts Programs in New Mexico

This webpage provides in depth data on community colleges and private schools offering education programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry, and other culinary specialties in the state of New Mexico. Additionally, we offer comprehensive information employment prospects and salaries. [En Español]

Job Outlook

In May 2016, there were about 18,450 working as cooks and chefs in New Mexico as stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Furthermore, there were 1,030 persons in employment as baking professionals, and an additional 4,850 in employment in food prep. There were 790 working in food service management. In the decade to 2024, it is predicted that jobs for cooks and chefs in the land of enchantment will expand by 9.3%.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in New Mexico

The average wage for chefs working in restaurants in the nation’s 36th most populous state, in 2016, was $10.64 per hour, $22,120 per annum (BLS). Chefs and experienced senior cooks made an average salary of $43,050 during the same period, while baking and pastry specialists made $24,700 or $11.88 per hour.

Salaries in New Mexico by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers1,030$11.88$24,700$17,410$19,530$23,460$28,580$34,120
Butchers and Meat Cutters900$15.42$32,070$17,810$20,650$30,710$40,580$49,490
Chefs and Head Cooks610$20.70$43,050$20,850$27,800$38,820$51,960$70,270
Fast Food Cooks3,620$9.18$19,100$16,650$17,440$18,750$20,510$23,650
Food Preparation Workers4,850$10.19$21,200$16,860$17,980$20,000$23,840$28,340
Food Service Managers790$23.66$49,210$31,850$35,150$41,810$61,770$78,530
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks2,890$11.58$24,090$17,280$18,970$22,240$27,150$35,270
Other Cooks160$12.11$25,200$17,290$18,990$23,350$29,470$36,450
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers150$10.47$21,770$17,230$18,740$21,150$24,110$28,300
Restaurant Cooks7,340$10.64$22,120$17,050$18,530$21,400$25,020$29,400
Short Order Cooks940$13.27$27,610$18,120$20,950$25,590$31,040$44,150

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in New Mexico by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Albuquerque, NM150$17.49$36,370
Farmington, NM50$22.15$46,070
Las Cruces, NM**$17.18$35,730
Santa Fe, NM110$27.32$56,820

Restaurant Cook Salaries in New Mexico by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Albuquerque, NM3,150$10.76$22,380
Farmington, NM440$10.06$20,920
Las Cruces, NM720$9.62$20,010
Santa Fe, NM860$12.84$26,710

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Albuquerque, NM Area

Central New Mexico Community College

525 Buena Vista SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
(505) 224-3000
Baking – Certificate Program

Central New Mexico Community College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. All programs are taught at their campus in the city of Albuquerque. Most of the school’s 25,760 students are 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 students living in the state is around $1,472 and for out-of-state students around $6,848 for each academic year. Study materials can cost roughly $1,368, depending on the program chosen.

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

9169 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87120-3101
(505) 346-2347
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute’s Certificate-level Culinary Arts program is based at their campus in Albuquerque in Bernalillo County. The college has roughly 402 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. Fees for tuition are about $1,095 for each academic year, while books and supplies may cost roughly $825, although this varies from program to program.

Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area Area

Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus

ENMU Station 2, 1500 S Ave K, Portales, New Mexico 88130
(575) 562-1011
Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Eastern New Mexico University’s Associate-level Culinary Arts program is offered at their Main campus in the town of Portales. This is a full, 4-year public college with 5,725 students, of which 80% are undergraduates. The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition for in-state students is usually around $5,618 and for out-of-state students in the order of $11,393 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $950, although this will vary with the program.

Las Cruces, NM Area

New Mexico State University-Dona Ana

2800 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd., Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011
(575) 528-7000
Culinary Arts – Associate Program

New Mexico State University’s Associate program in Culinary Arts is taught at their Dona Ana campus in Las Cruces in Dona Ana County. The majority of of the school’s 8,252 students are on 2-year programs. The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition for in-district students is roughly in the order of $1,632 and are $1,968 and $5,184 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,298, depending on the program chosen.

North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area Area

Luna Community College

336 Luna Drive, Las Vegas, New Mexico 87701
(505) 454-2500
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Culinary Arts at Luna Community College is taught at their campus in Las Vegas in San Miguel County, NM. The majority of of the school’s 1,481 students are 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 usually in the order of $962 and are $1,298 and $2,426 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,250, although this will vary with the program.

Navajo Technical University

Lower Point Road, State Road 371, Crownpoint, New Mexico 87313-0849
(505) 786-4100
Professional Baking – Associate Program, Professional Baking – Certificate Program

Navajo Technical University offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Crownpoint in Mckinley County, NM. Of the 1,686 students, about 0% are postgraduates. The university is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Fees for tuition are about $4,070 per year. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,600, depending on the program chosen.

University of New Mexico-Taos Campus

1157 County Road 110, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico 87557
(575) 737-6200
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

The University of New Mexico-Taos Campus’s Certificate-level Culinary Arts program is offered at their Taos campus in Ranchos de Taos in Taos County, NM. Most of the school’s 1,726 students are on 2-year programs. The University of New Mexico-Taos Campus has institutional accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is about $1,872 and for students from other states around $4,752 for each academic year. Study materials can cost roughly $1,080, depending on the program.

Santa Fe, NM Area

Santa Fe Community College

6401 Richards Ave, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508-4887
(505) 428-1000
Patissier – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Santa Fe Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Santa Fe in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. The majority of of the school’s 4,880 students are 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 usually in the order of $1,695 and are $2,055 and $3,675 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,196, 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

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