Culinary Arts Programs in Puerto Rico

Below you will find in depth data on culinary arts schools and education options both public and private in Puerto Rico. Additionally, we offer in depth facts the job outlook and salary expectations. [En Español]

Job Outlook

There were approximately people working as head chefs, chefs and other cooks in Puerto Rico as stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as of May 2016. Additionally, there were 2030 persons employed as bakers, and an additional employed as food preparation workers. There were 3,080 working as food service managers. Jobs for cooks in Puerto Rico, in the decade to 2024, are expected to expand by 5.0%.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in Puerto Rico

The average wage for restaurant chefs in the nation’s , in 2016, was $.00 per hour, $ per year (BLS). Chefs and experienced senior cooks made a mean salary of $, or a wage of $.00 per hour, during the same year, while baking and pastry chefs made $ or $.00 per hour.

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in Puerto Rico by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Arecibo, PR**$13.20$27,450
San Juan-Carolina-Caguas, PR450$17.98$37,410

Restaurant Cook Salaries in Puerto Rico by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Aguadilla-Isabela, PR160$8.37$17,410
Arecibo, PR140$8.54$17,760
Guayama, PR50$8.31$17,280
Mayagüez, PR140$8.55$17,780
Ponce, PR450$8.49$17,670
San German, PR150$8.64$17,970
San Juan-Carolina-Caguas, PR4,990$9.04$18,800

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Aguadilla-Isabela, PR Area

Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla

Barrio Corrales Sector Calero, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico 00603
(787) 891-0925 x2100
Bakery and Commercial Bakery – Certificate Program

Inter American University of Puerto Rico’s Certificate-level Bakery and Commercial Bakery program is based at their Aguadilla campus in Aguadilla in Aguadilla County. This is a full, 4-year private college with 4,581 students, of which 0% are undergraduates. The university is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The cost of tuition is in the order of $5,654 yearly. Learning materials may cost about $900, although this will vary with the program.

Universal Technology College of Puerto Rico

111 Comercio St, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico 00603
(787) 882-2065 x239
Artes Culinarias – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Artes Culinarias at Universal Technology College of Puerto Rico is taught at their campus in Aguadilla in Aguadilla County, PR. The majority of of the school’s 374 students are on 4-year programs. The Universal Technology College of Puerto Rico has institutional accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. The cost of tuition is generally in the order of $18,800 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,330, although this will depend on the program.

Arecibo, PR Area

ICPR Junior College-Arecibo

20 San Patricio, Arecibo, Puerto Rico 00614-0067
(787) 878-6000
Commercial Pastry Confection and Bakery – Certificate Program

ICPR Junior College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. All programs are taught at their Arecibo campus in the city of Arecibo. This private, for-profit college has about 426 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 is in the order of $6,540 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $2,038, although this varies from program to program.

Guayama, PR Area

Colegio Mayor de Tecnologia Inc

151, Morse Street, Arroyo, Puerto Rico 00714-0270
(787) 839-5266 x201
Cooking and Pastry – Certificate Program

Colegio Mayor de Tecnologia Inc’s Certificate-level Cooking and Pastry program is offered at their campus in Arroyo in Arroyo County. The majority of of the school’s 140 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. The cost of tuition is, as a rough guide, in the order of $12,829 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $900, although this varies from program to program.

Mayagüez, PR Area

ICPR Junior College-Mayaguez

80 West McKinley St, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico 00681-1108
(787) 832-6000 x229
Commercial Pastry Confection and Bakery – Certificate Program

ICPR Junior College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. All programs are taught at their Mayaguez campus in the city of Mayaguez, PR. Most of the school’s 434 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The cost of tuition is in the order of $6,540 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $2,038, although this will vary with the program.

Ponce, PR Area

Academia Serrant Inc

Concordia 8180 Esq Aurora, Ponce, Puerto Rico 00717-1568
(787) 259-4900
Repostería y Panadería – Certificate Program

Academia Serrant Inc offers various Certificate program options for chefs. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico. The majority of of the school’s 513 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. The cost of tuition is, as a rough guide, in the order of $6,695 per year, while books and supplies may cost in the order of $888, although this varies from program to program.

Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Ponce

104 Turpeaux Industrial Park Rd1, Mercedita, Puerto Rico 00715-1602
(787) 284-1912
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Culinary Arts at Inter American University of Puerto Rico is offered at their Ponce campus in Mercedita in Ponce County. Of the 5,497 students, about 100% are postgraduates. The university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The cost of tuition is, as a rough guide, in the order of $5,084 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $845, although this varies from program to program.

Ponce Paramedical College Inc

1213 Acacia Street Villa Flores Urb, Ponce, Puerto Rico 00716-2901
(787) 848-1589
Chef Pasteur / Pastry Chef – Certificate Program

Ponce Paramedical College Inc offers various Certificate program options for chefs. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Ponce, PR. Most of the school’s 2,326 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. The cost of tuition is in the order of $13,985 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,419, although this will vary with the program.

San Juan-Carolina-Caguas, PR Area

Escuela Hotelera de San Juan

229 Guayama St, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico 00917
(787) 759-7599 x205
Bakery and Pastry – Certificate Program

Escuela Hotelera de San Juan offers various Certificate program options for chefs. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Hato Rey, PR. Most of the school’s 988 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Tuition fees are generally around $12,739 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $800, although this will depend on the program.

Huertas College

#41 Hector R Bunker St, Caguas, Puerto Rico 00725
(787) 746-1400 x1022
Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Huertas College’s Associate program in Culinary Arts is based at their campus in the city of Caguas. Most of the school’s 1,278 students are on 4-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The cost of tuition is in the order of $6,635 per year, while books and supplies may cost in the order of $832, although this varies from program to program.

ICPR Junior College-General Institutional

558 Munoz Rivera Avenue, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico 00919-0304
(787) 753-6000
Commercial Pastry Confection and Bakery – Certificate Program

ICPR Junior College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. All programs are based at their General Institutional campus in the city of Hato Rey, PR. The college has in the region of 633 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 is, as a rough guide, in the order of $6,540 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $2,038, although this varies from program to program.

ICPR Junior College-Manati

Carretera #2 K.M. 49.9 Puerta del Norte Mall 4to. Piso Suite 17, Manatí, Puerto Rico 00674
(787) 884-6000
Commercial Pastry Confection and Bakery – Certificate Program

ICPR Junior College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. Classes are taken at their Manati campus in Manatí in Manati County. The college has in the region of 488 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 is in the order of $6,540 yearly. Books and supplies can cost roughly $2,038, depending on the program chosen.

Instituto de Banca y Comercio Inc

56 Carretera 20 Km 2.3, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico 00966-2309
(787) 982-3000 x1059
Bakery and International Bakery – Certificate Program, Local and International Cuisine – Associate Program

Instituto de Banca y Comercio Inc offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program, an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are based at their campus in the city of Guaynabo. The college has approximately 13,719 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Fees for tuition are about $9,995 yearly. Books and supplies can cost about $600, although this will depend on the program.

Instituto de Educacion Tecnica Ocupacional La Reine-Manati

Avenida Colon A 8, Manati, Puerto Rico 00674-0000
(787) 854-1119
Chef – Certificate Program

Instituto de Educacion Tecnica Ocupacional La Reine’s Certificate-level Chef program is based at their Manati campus in Manati in Manati County, PR. Most of the school’s 309 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. The cost of tuition is in the order of $7,980 per year. Study materials can cost around $300, depending on the program chosen.

Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Barranquitas

Bo Helechal Highway 156 Intersection 719, Barranquitas, Puerto Rico 00794-0517
(787) 857-3600 x2011
Repostería y Panadería Comercial – Certificate Program

The Repostería y Panadería Comercial Certificate program in Repostería y Panadería Comercial at Inter American University of Puerto Rico is taught at their Barranquitas campus in Barranquitas in Barranquitas County, PR. This is a full, 4-year private college with 2,067 students, of which 0% are undergraduates. The university is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Fees for tuition are usually about $5,764 per year. Study materials can cost in the order of $845, depending on the program chosen.

IVAEM College

14 Calle Intendente Ramirez, Caguas, Puerto Rico 00725-0000
(787) 743-5327 x23
Commercial and International Cuisine – Certificate Program

IVAEM College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. All programs are based at their campus in the city of Caguas, PR. The college has around 145 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Tuition fees are usually around $9,648 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $270, although this will vary with the program.

Universidad del Este

Carr. # 190 Esq. Calle 220 Bo. Sabana Abajo, Carolina, Puerto Rico 00985-0985
(787) 257-7373
Culinary Arts – Associate Program, Culinary Management – Certificate Program

Universidad del Este offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Carolina. This is a full, 4-year private college with 13,058 students, of which 0% are undergraduates. The Universidad del Este has institutional accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The cost of tuition is likely to be about $5,820 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,700, 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.