Culinary Arts Programs in Ohio

This webpage offers comprehensive information on culinary schools and education options in Ohio. Additionally, you will find in depth data employment prospects and salaries in the buckeye state. [En Español]

Job Outlook

There were 105,700 employed as culinary arts professionals in Ohio in May 2016, as stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Additionally, there were 6,080 people working as baking professionals, as well as a further 24,990 working in food prep. There were 7,610 employed as food service managers. Employment for cooks and chefs in the buckeye state is expected to expand by 5.6% in the 10 years to 2024, which compares favorably with 4.5% growth expected across the nation.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in Ohio

The average wage for chefs employed in restaurants in Ohio, in 2016, was $11.44 per hour, $23,800 per year (BLS). Chefs and experienced senior cooks made a mean annual salary of $39,990, or $19.23 per hour, during the same period, and baking and pastry specialists made $25,650 or $12.33 per hour.

Salaries in Ohio by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers6,080$12.33$25,650$18,430$20,240$23,770$29,510$36,860
Butchers and Meat Cutters4,960$16.55$34,430$22,500$27,830$34,280$39,890$46,920
Chefs and Head Cooks4,090$19.23$39,990$19,210$28,390$37,920$48,120$64,450
Fast Food Cooks16,000$9.69$20,160$17,670$18,270$19,270$21,330$24,180
Food Preparation Workers24,990$10.47$21,790$17,690$18,440$19,810$23,960$29,520
Food Service Managers7,610$26.06$54,210$30,850$38,160$49,970$62,880$81,570
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks17,730$12.34$25,670$18,500$20,380$24,780$29,790$35,250
Other Cooks130$10.98$22,850$17,710$18,300$19,300$23,730$36,600
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers1,090$10.23$21,290$17,480$18,190$19,590$23,370$27,980
Restaurant Cooks37,660$11.44$23,800$18,150$19,420$22,560$26,960$31,190
Short Order Cooks12,360$10.28$21,380$17,780$18,550$19,940$23,830$27,780

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in Ohio by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Akron, OH180$20.14$41,890
Canton-Massillon, OH**$18.45$38,370
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN630$21.08$43,850
Cleveland-Elyria, OH1,120$17.89$37,210
Columbus, OH960$19.03$39,580
Dayton, OH200$19.61$40,790
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH30$25.59$53,220
Lima, OH**$17.30$35,990
Mansfield, OH40$12.53$26,060
Springfield, OH50$17.32$36,030
Toledo, OH260$19.88$41,350
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA170$22.15$46,070

Restaurant Cook Salaries in Ohio by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Akron, OH2,020$11.14$23,180
Canton-Massillon, OH1,050$10.52$21,880
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN8,010$11.69$24,320
Cleveland-Elyria, OH7,770$11.61$24,160
Columbus, OH7,410$12.48$25,960
Dayton, OH3,020$10.83$22,530
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH1,360$10.29$21,400
Lima, OH230$10.69$22,230
Mansfield, OH480$10.62$22,080
Springfield, OH390$10.77$22,410
Toledo, OH1,730$11.13$23,150
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH400$10.68$22,220
Wheeling, WV-OH490$10.34$21,510
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA1,660$10.75$22,370

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Akron, OH Area

University of Akron Main Campus

302 Buchtel Common, Akron, Ohio 44325-4702
(330) 972-7111
Culinary Arts – Associate Program, Hospitality Management – Certificate Program

The University of Akron Main Campus offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Akron, OH. Of the 23,101 students, about 17% are postgraduates. The University of Akron Main 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 $10,270 and for students from other states around $18,801 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost roughly $1,000, although this will vary with the program.

Canton-Massillon, OH Area

Stark State College

6200 Frank Ave NW, North Canton, Ohio 44720
(330) 494-6170
Culinary Arts – Associate Program

The Associate’s degree program in Culinary Arts at Stark State College is based at their campus in North Canton in Stark County, Ohio. The majority of of the school’s 12,645 students are 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 roughly about $3,686 and for students from other states around $6,794 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,100, depending on the program.

Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN Area

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45223-2690
(513) 569-1500
Pastry Arts – Certificate Program, Pre-Nutrition Science – Associate Program

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are offered at their campus in the city of Cincinnati. The majority of of the school’s 9,630 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-state students is about $3,825 and for students from other states in the order of $7,393 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,764, although this will vary with the program.

Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH Area

Cuyahoga Community College District

700 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2878
(800) 954-8742
Professional Baking – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Cuyahoga Community College District offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are based at their campus in the city of Cleveland, Ohio. The majority of of the school’s 25,449 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees for in-district students are generally around $3,136 and are $3,953 and $7,648 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Study materials can cost around $1,700, depending on the program chosen.

International Culinary Arts and Sciences Institute

8700 Mayfield Rd, Chesterland, Ohio 44026
(440) 729-7340
Pastry Arts – Certificate Program

International Culinary Arts and Sciences Institute offers various Certificate program options for chefs. All programs are based at their campus in Chesterland in Geauga County, Ohio. Most of the school’s 34 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The cost of tuition is in the order of $21,905 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,175, although this will vary with the program.

Lorain County Community College

1005 North Abbe Rd, Elyria, Ohio 44035-1691
(440) 366-5222
Culinary and Hospitality – Certificate Program, Culinary and Hospitality – Associate Program

Lorain County Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Elyria, OH. The college has in the order of 11,520 students in total, with the majority of 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 for in-district students are generally about $3,077 and are $3,679 and $7,302 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Learning materials may cost around $1,404, although this will vary with the program.

Columbus, OH Area

Bradford School

2469 Stelzer Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 416-6200
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Bradford School offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Columbus in Franklin County, OH. This private, for-profit college has in the order of 410 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Tuition fees are around $13,980 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,320, although this varies from program to program.

Central Ohio Technical College

1179 University Drive, Newark, Ohio 43055-1767
(740) 366-1351
Basic Baking and Pastry Skills – Certificate Program, Culinary Science – Associate Program

Central Ohio Technical College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Newark in Licking County, OH. This public college has in the region of 3,566 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 around $4,296 and for out-of-state students around $7,056 for each academic year, while books and supplies may cost roughly $1,320, although this varies from program to program.

Columbus State Community College

550 E Spring St, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 287-5353
Baking – Certificate Program, Culinary Apprenticeship – Associate Program

Columbus State Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Columbus, Ohio. The majority of of the school’s 25,983 students are 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 in-state students is usually around $3,808 and for out-of-state students in the order of $8,430 per year. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,442, depending on the program chosen.

Dayton, OH Area

Sinclair Community College

444 W. Third St., Dayton, Ohio 45402-1460
(937) 512-3000
Bakery Specialist – Certificate Program, Bakery Specialist – Associate Program

Sinclair Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and two Associate programs. All programs are offered at their campus in the city of Dayton, OH. The college has around 18,136 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. Tuition fees for in-district students are generally around $2,476 and are $3,604 and $6,868 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Books and supplies can cost around $1,080, although this will depend on the program.

Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area Area

Zane State College

1555 Newark Rd, Zanesville, Ohio 43701-2626
(740) 454-2501 x1271
Culinary Arts – Associate Program

The Associate’s program in Culinary Arts at Zane State College is taught at their campus in the town of Zanesville. The majority of of the school’s 3,362 students are 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 about $4,646 and for students from other states around $9,206 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,600, depending on the program.

Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area Area

Knox County Career Center

306 Martinsburg Rd, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
(740) 393-2933
Culinary – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Culinary at Knox County Career Center is taught at their campus in the town of Mount Vernon, Ohio. Most of the school’s 210 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. The cost of tuition is in the order of $13,452 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $2,748, although this will vary with the program.

Sandusky, OH Area

EHOVE Career Center

316 W Mason Rd, Milan, Ohio 44846
(419) 499-4663 x280
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

EHOVE Career Center’s Certificate program in Culinary Arts is taught at their campus in Milan in Erie County. This public college has in the order of 355 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. Fees for tuition are about $10,590 for each academic year, while books and supplies may cost roughly $1,275, although this varies from program to program.

Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area Area

Hocking College

3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, Ohio 45764
(740) 753-3591
Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Hocking College’s Associate program in Culinary Arts is offered at their campus in the town of Nelsonville, OH. This public college has about 3,243 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. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be about $4,390 and for students from other states likely to be about $8,780 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,350, although this varies from program to program.

Toledo, OH Area

Owens Community College

30335 Oregon Rd, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551
(567) 661-7000
Baking & Pastry – Certificate Program

Owens Community College’s Certificate program is based at their campus in Perrysburg in Wood County, OH. The college has round 11,531 students in total, with most 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 about $4,643 and for students from other states around $8,305 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,400, 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 Ohio may also wish to review their options in Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky and Michigan.