Culinary Arts Programs in Rhode Island

On this site you will discover in depth information on college listings, both public and private, for culinary arts, baking and pastry and other food service programs in Rhode Island. Additionally, we offer comprehensive information the job outlook and salary expectations in the state of Rhode Island. [En Español]

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)there were approximately 10,330 persons working as culinary professionals, such as chefs, head chefs and cooks in the state of Rhode Island in May 2016. Furthermore, there were 690 persons in employment as baking and pastry professionals, and an additional 4,620 in employment in food preparation. There were 390 making a living as food service managers. Jobs for cooks and chefs in the ocean state, in the 10 years to 2024, are expected to increase by 9.3%, which is greater than 4.5% growth predicted nationwide.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in Rhode Island

The average annual salary for restaurant chefs in the country’s 50th largest state, as of May 2016, was $27,080 (BLS), or around $13.02 per hour. Chefs and experienced senior cooks earned an average salary of $56,970 during the same year, while bakers earned $34,310 or $16.49 per hour.

Salaries in Rhode Island by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers690$16.49$34,310$20,470$23,880$31,350$39,800$56,820
Butchers and Meat Cutters430$16.27$33,850$23,440$27,090$30,750$38,880$49,070
Chefs and Head Cooks530$27.39$56,970$35,760$43,650$54,360$69,260$80,580
Fast Food Cooks1,480$11.31$23,520$19,980$19,990$20,290$24,290$34,660
Food Preparation Workers4,620$11.89$24,720$19,980$20,140$22,340$28,020$34,470
Food Service Managers390$31.29$65,080$37,730$50,710$68,850$77,180$83,060
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks1,060$16.43$34,160$24,500$28,150$33,870$38,920$45,840
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers150$11.61$24,150$19,980$19,990$22,150$26,810$31,130
Restaurant Cooks4,900$13.02$27,080$19,990$21,750$26,270$30,490$36,380
Short Order Cooks1,300$12.34$25,660$20,150$21,540$25,050$28,830$31,440

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in Rhode Island by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI200$23.26$48,370
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA620$27.14$56,450

Restaurant Cook Salaries in Rhode Island by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI1,880$14.19$29,520
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA5,420$12.97$26,990

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA Area

Community College of Rhode Island

400 East Ave, Warwick, Rhode Island 02886-1807
(401) 825-1000
Culinary Arts Assistant – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Culinary Arts Assistant at Community College of Rhode Island is based at their campus in the city of Warwick, Rhode Island. The majority of of the school’s 16,195 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is about $4,266 and for students from other states around $11,496 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,200, depending on the program.

Johnson & Wales University-Providence

8 Abbott Park Place, Providence, Rhode Island 02903-3703
(401) 598-1000
Baking & Pastry Arts – Associate Program, Baking & Pastry Arts – Bachelor Program

Johnson & Wales University offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Bachelor program. All programs are offered at their Providence campus in the city of Providence. This is a full, 4-year private college with 9,454 students, of which 93% are undergraduates. The university is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Fees for tuition are likely to be about $30,746 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost roughly $1,500, 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

Students may also wish to review their options in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey.