Culinary Arts Programs in Oregon

This site provides comprehensive information on college listings, both public and private, for culinary arts, baking and pastry and other food service programs in Oregon. Also, we provide detailed facts employment prospects and wage rates. [En Español]

Job Outlook

As of May 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were around 45,670 persons employed as chefs and cooks in Oregon. Furthermore, there were 2,590 persons employed as baking and pastry specialists, and an additional 14,010 employed as food prep workers. There were 3,870 employed as food service managers. It is predicted that jobs for cooks in the beaver state will increase by 23.0% in the 10 years to 2024.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in Oregon

The average wage for chefs working in restaurants in Oregon, as of May 2016, was $12.61 per hour, $26,220 annually (BLS). Head cooks and chefs earned an average salary of $47,970, or $23.06 per hour, during the same year, while baking and pastry chefs earned $29,450 or $14.16 per hour.

Salaries in Oregon by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers2,590$14.16$29,450$20,850$23,230$27,800$34,520$40,910
Butchers and Meat Cutters1,870$16.62$34,580$22,950$28,020$34,790$39,870$47,350
Chefs and Head Cooks1,150$23.06$47,970$31,510$36,080$44,590$54,680$65,560
Fast Food Cooks9,740$10.78$22,430$19,870$20,020$21,350$23,940$26,680
Food Preparation Workers14,010$11.65$24,220$20,000$20,950$23,220$26,180$30,490
Food Service Managers3,870$24.43$50,810$27,800$36,240$46,770$59,860$75,190
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks5,610$14.07$29,270$21,170$23,680$27,960$33,450$40,000
Other Cooks300$12.98$27,000$20,520$22,490$26,110$29,920$34,500
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers1,260$12.05$25,070$20,010$21,070$23,400$27,810$32,460
Restaurant Cooks22,290$12.61$26,220$20,140$21,850$25,170$29,550$34,180
Short Order Cooks970$11.46$23,840$20,210$21,320$23,270$25,350$29,280

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in Oregon by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Bend-Redmond, OR100$21.45$44,630
Corvallis, OR30$22.31$46,410
Eugene, OR80$20.39$42,400
Medford, OR90$18.66$38,810
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA700$23.54$48,960
Salem, OR80$21.86$45,460

Restaurant Cook Salaries in Oregon by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Albany, OR390$10.97$22,810
Bend-Redmond, OR1,440$12.81$26,640
Corvallis, OR280$11.07$23,030
Eugene, OR1,630$12.53$26,060
Grants Pass, OR200$11.72$24,370
Medford, OR1,150$13.25$27,560
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA13,850$12.74$26,500
Salem, OR1,290$12.35$25,680

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Bend, OR Area

Central Oregon Community College

2600 NW College Way, Bend, Oregon 97703
(541) 383-7500
Baking & Pastry Arts – Certificate Program, Baking & Pastry Arts – Associate Program

Central Oregon Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Bend. The majority of of the school’s 6,073 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The cost of tuition for in-district students is likely to be in the order of $3,627 and are $4,779 and $9,495 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Books and supplies can cost about $1,800, although this will depend on the program.

Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area Area

Southwestern Oregon Community College

1988 Newmark Ave, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420-2193
(541) 888-2525
Baking and Pastry Arts – Certificate Program, Baking and Pastry Arts – Associate Program

Southwestern Oregon Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of Coos Bay. The college has in the region of 2,338 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The cost of tuition is broadly about $5,847 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,500, depending on the program.

Eugene-Springfield, OR Area

Lane Community College

4000 E 30th Ave, Eugene, Oregon 97405-0640
(541) 463-3000
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Lane Community College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. All programs are taught at their campus in Eugene in Lane County. Most of the school’s 8,583 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Tuition fees for in-state students are generally in the order of $4,155 and for students from outside the state approximately $9,483 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,365, although this varies from program to program.

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Area

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Portland

600 SW 10th Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, Oregon 97205-2793
(503) 223-2245
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. All programs are imparted at their Portland campus in the city of Portland. This private, for-profit college has round 334 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Fees for tuition are about $12,617 for each academic year.

Mt Hood Community College

26000 SE Stark St, Gresham, Oregon 97030
(503) 491-6422
Business Management: Hospitality – Associate Program

Mt Hood Community College’s Associate program in Business Management: Hospitality is taught at their campus in Gresham in Multnomah County, Oregon. Most of the school’s 8,758 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Tuition fees for in-state students are generally around $5,313 and for out-of-state students approximately $10,398 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,560, although this will depend on the program.

Pioneer Pacific College

27501 SW Parkway Ave, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-9296
(503) 682-3903
Baking & Pastry – Hospitality Management – Associate Program, Baking & Pastry – Certificate Program

Pioneer Pacific College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are based at their campus in Wilsonville in Clackamas County. The college has round 1,170 students in total, with the majority of students on 4-year programs. Tuition fees are, as a rough guide, around $14,649 per year.

Portland Community College

12000 SW 49th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97219-7132
(971) 722-6111
Culinary Assistant Training – Certificate Program

Portland Community College’s Certificate-level Culinary Assistant Training program is offered at their campus in the city of Portland. This public college has about 29,003 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly around $3,802 and for out-of-state students around $8,446 for each academic year. Study materials can cost roughly $1,689, depending on the program chosen.

Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area Area

Linn-Benton Community College

6500 Pacific Blvd SW, Albany, Oregon 97321
(541) 917-4999
Culinary Arts – Associate Program

The Associate’s program in Culinary Arts at Linn-Benton Community College is offered at their campus in the city of Albany, OR. The college has approximately 5,721 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Tuition fees for in-state students are around $4,512 and for out-of-state students approximately $10,043 annually. Study materials can cost around $912, depending on the program chosen.

Umpqua Community College

1140 Umpqua College Rd., Roseburg, Oregon 97470-0226
(541) 440-4600
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Hospitality & Restaurant Management – Associate Program

Umpqua Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Roseburg in Douglas County, Oregon. The majority of of the school’s 2,246 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Tuition fees for in-state students are generally in the order of $4,417 and for students from outside the state around $8,980 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost roughly $1,800, 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 Oregon may also wish to review their options in Washington, Idaho, Nevada and California.