Culinary Arts Programs in Nevada

Here you will discover detailed data on culinary arts schools and education options in Nevada. Additionally, you will find detailed facts employment prospects and local pay rates. [En Español]

Job Outlook

As of May 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were about 37,990 working as cooks and chefs in Nevada. Additionally, there were 2,110 persons in employment as baking professionals, and an additional 11,970 in employment in food prep. There were 2,410 employed as food service managers. Jobs for chefs and cooks in the silver state, in the 10 years to 2024, are expected to expand by 28.4%, which compares favorably with 4.5% growth expected nationwide.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in Nevada

As of May 2016, the mean annual salary for restaurant chefs in the nation’s 35th most populous state was $30,910 (BLS), or approximately $14.86 per hour. Head cooks and chefs earned an average annual salary of $53,140, or a wage of $25.55 per hour, in the same year, and baking and pastry specialists earned $33,220 or $15.97 per hour.

Salaries in Nevada by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers2,110$15.97$33,220$20,340$24,030$31,920$43,510$48,640
Butchers and Meat Cutters1,370$15.40$32,030$18,040$21,170$27,770$43,520$50,660
Chefs and Head Cooks3,440$25.55$53,140$33,250$39,500$48,580$61,590$79,400
Fast Food Cooks8,400$10.33$21,490$16,560$17,920$20,130$23,680$29,690
Food Preparation Workers11,970$12.14$25,260$16,700$18,290$22,260$33,460$38,790
Food Service Managers2,410$33.12$68,880$40,570$48,060$61,990$84,810$101,140
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks1,580$15.50$32,250$20,670$24,620$30,770$38,560$47,430
Other Cooks180$18.17$37,780$25,680$30,590$37,060$44,880$50,770
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers2,300$13.43$27,930$17,520$20,990$27,830$34,670$38,830
Restaurant Cooks20,860$14.86$30,910$20,090$23,890$29,260$37,450$46,510
Short Order Cooks1,950$14.22$29,580$17,950$21,260$27,410$38,310$46,000

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in Nevada by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV2,850$26.22$54,530
Reno, NV450$22.44$46,680

Restaurant Cook Salaries in Nevada by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Carson City, NV260$12.17$25,320
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV16,640$15.53$32,300
Reno, NV2,770$12.37$25,730

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Las Vegas-Paradise, NV Area

College of Southern Nevada

6375 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89146-1164
(702) 651-5000
Culinary Arts – Associate Program, Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

College of Southern Nevada offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are based at their campus in the city of Las Vegas, NV. The college has in the region of 33,313 students in total, with most students on 4-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Fees for tuition for in-state students are in the order of $2,910 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $9,555 yearly. Learning materials may cost about $1,040, although this will vary with the program.

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Las Vegas

1451 Center Crossing Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89144
(702) 365-7690
Pâtisserie And Baking – Certificate Program, Pâtisserie And Baking – Associate Program

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their Las Vegas campus in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. Most of the school’s 541 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. The cost of tuition is in the order of $12,786 per year.

The Art Institute of Las Vegas

2350 Corporate Circle, Henderson, Nevada 89074-7737
(702) 369-9944
Baking & Pastry – Associate Program, Baking & Pastry – Certificate Program

The Art Institute of Las Vegas offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Henderson, Nevada. The majority of of the school’s 846 students are on 4-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. The cost of tuition is in the order of $17,413 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,500, although this varies from program to program.

University of Nevada-Las Vegas

4505 S Maryland Pky, Las Vegas, Nevada 89154
(702) 895-3011
Culinary Arts Management – Bachelor Program

The University of Nevada-Las Vegas’s Bachelor-level Culinary Arts Management program is taught at their Las Vegas campus in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. Of the 28,600 students, about 17% are postgraduates. The University of Nevada-Las Vegas has institutional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Fees for tuition for in-state students are in the order of $7,183 and for students from outside the state around $21,093 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,298, depending on the program.

Reno-Sparks, NV Area

Truckee Meadows Community College

7000 Dandini Blvd, Reno, Nevada 89512-3999
(775) 673-7000
Culinary Arts, Baking, and Pastry – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts Entrepreneurs – Associate Program

Truckee Meadows Community College offers various Certificate program options for chefs, a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Reno. This public college has in the order of 11,085 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Tuition fees for in-state students are in the order of $2,910 and for students from outside the state approximately $9,555 annually, while books and supplies may cost around $1,200, although this varies from program to 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 Nevada may also wish to review their options in California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Arizona.