Culinary Arts Programs in Virginia

Below you will discover comprehensive data on community colleges and private schools offering education programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry, and other culinary specialties in the state of Virginia. Furthermore, you will find detailed data job prospects and pay rates. [En Español]

Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) informs that there were 66,830 employed as culinary arts professionals in the state of Virginia in 2016. In addition, there were 3,010 persons employed as bakers, and an additional 18,740 employed as food preparation workers. There were 4,150 working in food service management. Jobs for cooks in the old dominion state, in the 10 years to 2024, are predicted to expand by 11.2%, which compares favorably with 4.5% growth expected across the nation.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in Virginia

The average salary for restaurant chefs in the nation’s 12nd most populous state, in May 2016, was $24,490 (BLS), or roughly $11.77 per hour. Experienced senior cooks and chefs made a mean annual salary of $52,150, or $25.07 per hour, during the same year, and baking and pastry specialists made $26,560 or $12.77 per hour.

Salaries in Virginia by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers3,010$12.77$26,560$17,020$19,600$25,170$32,010$39,030
Butchers and Meat Cutters2,840$16.04$33,350$21,070$25,150$31,420$40,130$49,070
Chefs and Head Cooks3,080$25.07$52,150$25,940$34,260$47,900$69,160$82,620
Fast Food Cooks13,490$8.97$18,660$16,190$17,010$18,380$19,820$23,560
Food Preparation Workers18,740$10.58$22,000$16,540$17,960$20,700$24,600$30,040
Food Service Managers4,150$30.35$63,120$37,380$46,800$58,960$74,540$97,050
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks7,300$13.49$28,050$18,180$21,560$26,810$32,360$40,040
Other Cooks570$12.12$25,210$16,710$18,520$23,540$30,610$37,340
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers1,210$9.92$20,630$16,200$17,190$18,830$23,270$29,830
Restaurant Cooks32,940$11.77$24,490$17,090$19,300$23,310$28,560$34,770
Short Order Cooks2,150$10.88$22,630$16,780$18,570$21,610$24,880$30,640

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in Virginia by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA**$14.20$29,540
Charlottesville, VA100$23.24$48,330
Harrisonburg, VA60$17.40$36,200
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA**$15.34$31,910
Lynchburg, VA90$19.17$39,860
Richmond, VA450$25.78$53,630
Roanoke, VA100$18.79$39,080
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA50$17.71$36,840
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC1,000$20.94$43,560
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV2,930$30.05$62,510

Restaurant Cook Salaries in Virginia by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA440$13.03$27,100
Charlottesville, VA930$13.23$27,520
Harrisonburg, VA260$11.87$24,690
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA910$10.55$21,940
Lynchburg, VA690$10.01$20,810
Richmond, VA4,940$11.15$23,190
Roanoke, VA1,160$10.41$21,660
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA350$12.57$26,150
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC7,240$11.65$24,230
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV26,120$13.04$27,120
Winchester, VA-WV480$10.73$22,320

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Charlottesville, VA Area

Piedmont Virginia Community College

501 College Drive, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902-7589
(434) 977-3900
Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Piedmont Virginia Community College’s Associate program is taught at their campus in Charlottesville in Charlottesville City County. Most of the school’s 5,438 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The cost of tuition for in-state students is generally around $4,558 and for out-of-state students approximately $10,456 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,800, although this will depend on the program.

Lynchburg, VA Area

Central Virginia Community College

3506 Wards Rd, Lynchburg, Virginia 24502-2498
(434) 832-7600
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts Management – Associate Program

Central Virginia Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are offered at their campus in the city of Lynchburg. Most of the school’s 4,433 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The cost of tuition for in-state students is about $4,598 and for students from other states in the order of $10,496 per year, while books and supplies may cost in the order of $957, although this varies from program to program.

Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area Area

Rappahannock Community College

12745 College Drive, Glenns, Virginia 23149-2616
(804) 758-6700
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Rappahannock Community College’s Certificate program in Culinary Arts is offered at their campus in Glenns in Middlesex County, VA. Most of the school’s 3,566 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Fees for tuition for in-state students are in the order of $4,588 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $10,486 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,704, although this varies from program to program.

Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area Area

Dabney S Lancaster Community College

1000 Dabney Drive, Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422-1000
(540) 863-2800
Baking & Pastry Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts and Management – Associate Program

Dabney S Lancaster Community College offers various Certificate program options for chefs, a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Clifton Forge in Alleghany County, Virginia. The majority of of the school’s 1,236 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The cost of tuition for in-state students is usually about $4,478 and for students from other states in the order of $10,376 for each academic year, while books and supplies may cost roughly $1,300, although this varies from program to program.

Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center

64 James Anderson Road, Fishersville, Virginia 22939-1500
(540) 332-7390
Culinary Skills/Food Service – Certificate Program

Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center’s Certificate program in Culinary Skills/Food Service is offered at their campus in Fishersville in Augusta County. The college has round 176 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. Tuition fees are likely to be around $8,208 annually. Learning materials may cost around $358, although this will vary with the program.

Richmond, VA Area

J Sargeant Reynolds Community College

1651 East Parham Road, Richmond, Virginia 23228-2327
(804) 371-3000
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

J Sargeant Reynolds Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are imparted at their campus in Richmond in Henrico County. Most of the school’s 10,889 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Fees for tuition for in-state students are in the order of $4,766 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $10,664 yearly. Learning materials may cost about $1,600, although this will vary with the program.

Virginia College-Richmond

7200 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, Virginia 23225-5502
(804) 977-5100
Pastry Arts – Certificate Program

Virginia College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. Classes are taken at their Richmond campus in Richmond in Richmond City County. This private, for-profit college has approximately 336 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Tuition fees are around $14,632 yearly.

Roanoke, VA Area

Virginia Western Community College

3093 Colonial Ave, Roanoke, Virginia 24015
(540) 857-7311
Baking & Pastry – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Virginia Western Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Roanoke. The college has approximately 7,932 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly around $5,093 and for out-of-state students around $10,991 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,500, depending on the program.

Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area Area

Southside Virginia Community College

109 Campus Drive, Alberta, Virginia 23821
(888) 220-7822
Food Safety – Certificate Program

Southside Virginia Community College’s Certificate program is offered at their campus in Alberta in Brunswick County. This public college has round 4,439 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The cost of tuition for in-state students is in the order of $4,463 and for students from outside the state in the order of $10,361 per year. Books and supplies can cost in the order of $1,171, although this will depend on the program.

Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area Area

Patrick Henry Community College

645 Patriot Avenue, Martinsville, Virginia 24112
(276) 656-0311
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Patrick Henry Community College’s Certificate-level Culinary Arts program is taught at their campus in Martinsville in Martinsville City County. The college has about 2,594 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The cost of tuition for in-state students is usually in the order of $4,473 and for students from outside the state in the order of $10,370 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,239, although this will vary with the program.

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Area

ECPI University

5555 Greenwich Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
(757) 490-9090
Baking and Pastry Arts – Associate Program, Baking and Pastry Arts – Certificate Program

ECPI University offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are taught at their campus in the city of Virginia Beach, VA. Of the 11,735 students, about 1% are postgraduates. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The cost of tuition is in the order of $14,775 yearly. Learning materials may cost about $780, although this will vary with the program.

The Art Institute of Virginia Beach

Two Columbus Center, 4500 Main St Ste 100, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
(757) 493-6700
Baking & Pastry – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

The Art Institute of Virginia Beach offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program, an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are offered at their campus in the city of Virginia Beach, VA. The majority of of the school’s 527 students are on 4-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Tuition fees are around $17,592 annually, while books and supplies may cost about $1,500, although this varies from program to program.

Tidewater Community College

121 College Place, Norfolk, Virginia 23510
(757) 822-1122
Catering – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Tidewater Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Norfolk, VA. Most of the school’s 25,927 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is in the order of $5,299 and for students from outside the state around $11,197 for each academic year, while books and supplies may cost roughly $1,500, although this varies from program to program.

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Area

Columbia College

8300 Merrifield Ave 3F, Fairfax, Virginia 22031
(703) 206-0508
Culinary Arts of Sushi – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Columbia College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are based at their campus in Fairfax in Fairfax County, VA. The college has around 424 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. The cost of tuition is, as a rough guide, in the order of $9,280 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $720, although this varies from program to program.

Northern Virginia Community College

4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd, Annandale, Virginia 22003-3796
(703) 323-3000
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

The Culinary Arts Certificate program in Culinary Arts at Northern Virginia Community College is taught at their campus in Annandale in Fairfax County, Virginia. Most of the school’s 52,078 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Tuition fees for in-state students are generally around $5,313 and for out-of-state students approximately $11,283 annually. Study materials can cost around $1,800, depending on the program chosen.

Stratford University

3201 Jermantown Road, Suite 500, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 539-6890
Baking and Pastry Arts – Associate Program, Advanced Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Stratford University offers various Associate program options for chefs, an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are based at their campus in Fairfax in Fairfax City County. Of the 3,303 students, about 27% are postgraduates. The cost of tuition is likely to be in the order of $15,135 yearly.

The Art Institute of Washington

1820 N Fort Myer Dr, Arlington, Virginia 22209-1802
(703) 358-9550
Baking & Pastry – Associate Program, Baking & Pastry – Certificate Program

The Art Institute of Washington offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are taught at their campus in the city of Arlington, VA. The college has round 888 students in total, with most students on 4-year programs. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Tuition fees are around $17,592 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,500, although this will depend on 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 Virginia may also wish to review their options in Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina.