Culinary Arts Programs in Utah

Below you will find detailed information on community colleges and private schools offering education programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry, and other culinary specialties in Utah. Moreover, we provide comprehensive data employment prospects and wage rates in the state of Utah. [En Español]

Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) informs that there were 20,210 working as cooks and chefs in Utah as of May 2016. In addition, there were 2,030 people working as baking professionals, as well as a further 7,170 working in food prep. There were 1,500 employed as food service managers. Employment for chefs and cooks in the beehive state, in the decade to 2024, is expected to expand by 27.6%, which compares favorably with 4.5% growth expected nationwide.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in Utah

In 2016, the mean salary for chefs working in restaurants in Utah was $25,490 (BLS), or about $12.25 per hour. Experienced senior cooks and chefs earned an average salary of $42,610, or $20.49 per hour, for the same year, and baking and pastry specialists earned $28,120 or $13.52 per hour.

Salaries in Utah by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers2,030$13.52$28,120$17,810$20,490$27,010$34,200$42,930
Butchers and Meat Cutters1,010$15.01$31,220$19,840$24,840$31,310$36,850$40,860
Chefs and Head Cooks850$20.49$42,610$27,040$31,630$38,630$49,790$63,230
Fast Food Cooks2,650$10.29$21,410$16,640$18,030$20,400$24,660$28,660
Food Preparation Workers7,170$10.27$21,350$16,610$17,930$20,140$24,570$29,030
Food Service Managers1,500$21.72$45,170$28,060$34,000$41,470$51,360$65,690
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks3,760$12.36$25,710$18,900$21,490$24,830$29,470$34,380
Other Cooks**$12.64$26,290$20,840$22,430$25,050$29,530$33,450
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers**$8.71$18,120$15,900$16,680$18,000$19,350$22,540
Restaurant Cooks8,670$12.25$25,490$17,510$20,240$24,760$30,110$35,810
Short Order Cooks520$12.72$26,450$20,420$22,340$25,580$30,160$35,160

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in Utah by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Ogden-Clearfield, UT150$15.57$32,390
Provo-Orem, UT70$25.69$53,440
Salt Lake City, UT480$20.55$42,750
St. George, UT50$22.50$46,810

Restaurant Cook Salaries in Utah by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Logan, UT-ID**$9.96$20,710
Ogden-Clearfield, UT1,270$12.37$25,730
Provo-Orem, UT1,020$12.48$25,950
Salt Lake City, UT3,990$12.62$26,260
St. George, UT490$11.73$24,410

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Logan, UT-ID Area

Bridgerland Applied Technology College

1301 North 600 West, Logan, Utah 84321
(435) 753-6780
Restaurant and Catering – Certificate Program

Bridgerland Applied Technology College’s Certificate-level Restaurant and Catering program is based at their campus in the city of Logan. The majority of of the school’s 926 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. Fees for tuition are, as a rough guide, about $3,649 annually, while books and supplies may cost around $2,180, although this varies from program to program.

Ogden-Clearfield, UT Area

Davis Applied Technology College

550 E 300 S, Kaysville, Utah 84037-2699
(801) 593-2500
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

The Culinary Arts Certificate program in Culinary Arts at Davis Applied Technology College is based at their campus in Kaysville in Davis County, Utah. This public college has roughly 3,188 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. Fees for tuition are likely to be in the order of $343 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $153, although this varies from program to program.

Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College

200 N Washington Blvd, Ogden, Utah 84404-4089
(801) 627-8300
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College’s Certificate-level Culinary Arts program is taught at their campus in the city of Ogden. Most of the school’s 2,433 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. Fees for tuition are generally about $3,880 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,023, although this will depend on the program.

Provo-Orem, UT Area

Mountainland Applied Technology College

2301 West Ashton Blvd., Lehi, Utah 84043
(801) 753-4100 x4100
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Mountainland Applied Technology College’s Certificate program in Culinary Arts is offered at their campus in Lehi in Utah County, UT. Most of the school’s 2,117 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. The cost of tuition is in the order of $445 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $57, although this will vary with the program.

Utah Valley University

800 W University Parkway, Orem, Utah 84058-5999
(801) 863-8000
Culinary Arts – Associate Program

The Associate’s degree program in Culinary Arts at Utah Valley University is based at their campus in the city of Orem. This is a full, 4-year public college with 33,211 students, of which 99% are undergraduates. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly about $5,530 and for students from other states around $15,690 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $976, depending on the program.

Salt Lake City, UT Area

Salt Lake Community College

4600 S Redwood Rd, Salt Lake City, Utah 84123
(801) 957-4111
Culinary Arts – Associate Program

The Associate’s program in Culinary Arts at Salt Lake Community College is offered at their campus in Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County. The majority of of the school’s 29,350 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be in the order of $3,690 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $11,728 yearly. Learning materials may cost about $1,300, 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 Utah may also wish to review their options in Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming.