Culinary Arts Programs in South Dakota

This site offers in depth data on culinary schools and education options in the state of South Dakota. Also, we provide comprehensive facts job prospects and local wage rates in Mount Rushmore state. [En Español]

Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) informs that there were approximately 10,590 people working as head chefs, chefs and other cooks in South Dakota as of May 2016. Moreover, there were 320 people in employment as baking and pastry professionals, as well as a further 2,890 in employment in food preparation. There were 820 working in food service management. Employment for cooks and chefs in Mount Rushmore state, for the 10-year period to 2024, is predicted to grow by 3.3%, which is lower than 4.5% growth expected across the nation.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in South Dakota

As of May 2016, the mean annual salary for chefs employed in restaurants in the nation’s 46th most populous state was $23,910 (BLS). Experienced senior cooks and chefs earned an average salary of $41,530 during the same year, and bakers earned $25,540 or $12.28 per hour.

Salaries in South Dakota by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Butchers and Meat Cutters710$14.02$29,170$21,340$24,460$28,230$32,540$38,850
Chefs and Head Cooks80$19.97$41,530$31,520$34,150$38,250$48,370$60,220
Fast Food Cooks1,940$9.88$20,560$18,460$18,940$19,770$22,220$24,190
Food Preparation Workers2,890$10.33$21,500$18,540$19,150$20,470$23,400$25,370
Food Service Managers820$25.49$53,020$42,040$45,920$52,360$59,590$64,260
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks2,540$11.92$24,790$19,700$21,300$23,800$27,720$31,210
Restaurant Cooks1,830$11.49$23,910$19,710$21,200$23,620$26,550$29,600
Short Order Cooks1,660$10.59$22,030$18,590$19,240$21,030$24,330$27,970

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in South Dakota by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD50$23.91$49,730

Restaurant Cook Salaries in South Dakota by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Rapid City, SD380$11.69$24,320
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD550$11.90$24,750
Sioux Falls, SD580$11.71$24,360

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area Area

Mitchell Technical Institute

1800 E. Spruce Street, Mitchell, South Dakota 57301
(605) 995-3025
Chef – Certificate Program, Bakery Supervisor – Associate Program

Mitchell Technical Institute offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are based at their campus in Mitchell in Davison County, South Dakota. Most of the school’s 1,261 students are 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 are usually about $6,432 for each academic year. Study materials can cost roughly $850, depending on the program chosen.

* Tuition fees and accredition status are correct at the time of writing, according to the National Center for Education Statistics ( Confirm with college before applying.

Neighbor States

Residents of South Dakota may also wish to review their options in North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana.