Culinary Arts Programs in Washington

Here you will find comprehensive data on culinary arts schools and education options in the state of Washington. Also, we offer detailed information employment prospects and salaries in the evergreen state. [En Español]

Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) informs that there were 60,800 working as cooks and chefs in the state of Washington as of May 2016. In addition, there were 5,270 persons in employment as baking and pastry professionals, and an additional 21,680 in employment in food prep. There were 2,190 working in food service management. It is predicted that jobs for chefs and cooks in the evergreen state will expand by 20.1% in the 10 years to 2024, which compares favorably with 4.5% growth expected across the nation.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in Washington

As of May 2016, the average salary for chefs working in restaurants in Washington was $28,230 (BLS), or approximately $13.57 per hour. Experienced senior cooks and chefs made a mean annual salary of $51,870, or a wage of $24.94 per hour, for the same year, while baking and pastry specialists made $29,840 or $14.35 per hour.

Salaries in Washington by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers5,270$14.35$29,840$21,730$23,950$28,190$34,780$41,420
Butchers and Meat Cutters3,630$18.77$39,030$23,640$30,020$41,050$47,370$51,690
Chefs and Head Cooks2,010$24.94$51,870$28,440$36,200$46,970$57,470$77,840
Fast Food Cooks5,420$12.52$26,040$21,170$22,610$25,020$28,840$31,760
Food Preparation Workers21,680$13.49$28,050$21,080$22,510$24,920$32,660$39,430
Food Service Managers2,190$27.88$58,000$35,050$42,650$54,550$70,500$87,640
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks10,150$15.40$32,040$23,130$26,600$31,390$36,930$40,930
Other Cooks220$16.20$33,700$24,950$26,830$29,440$34,960$49,810
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers1,920$10.94$22,760$20,370$20,950$22,320$23,690$24,730
Restaurant Cooks28,820$13.57$28,230$21,480$23,800$27,760$31,820$36,890
Short Order Cooks4,030$12.77$26,570$20,970$22,160$24,140$28,760$37,910

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in Washington by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Bellingham, WA50$21.84$45,430
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA100**
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA60$21.97$45,700
Olympia-Tumwater, WA**$16.23$33,760
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA700$23.54$48,960
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA1,290$26.52$55,160
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA140$20.29$42,200
Wenatchee, WA30$21.46$44,640
Yakima, WA40$20.43$42,500

Restaurant Cook Salaries in Washington by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Bellingham, WA900$12.98$27,010
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA1,050$13.95$29,020
Kennewick-Richland, WA760$12.33$25,650
Lewiston, ID-WA130$11.68$24,290
Longview, WA300$11.82$24,590
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA530$13.04$27,130
Olympia-Tumwater, WA1,030$12.60$26,210
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA13,850$12.74$26,500
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA17,350$14.08$29,290
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA1,660$12.72$26,460
Walla Walla, WA180$13.88$28,880
Wenatchee, WA640$12.79$26,600
Yakima, WA480$12.29$25,570

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Bellingham, WA Area

Bellingham Technical College

3028 Lindbergh Ave, Bellingham, Washington 98225-1599
(360) 752-7000
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Bellingham Technical College’s Certificate-level Culinary Arts program is based at their campus in the city of Bellingham. This public college has about 2,403 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Tuition fees for in-state students are around $3,394 and for out-of-state students approximately $8,739 annually. Study materials can cost around $1,080, depending on the program chosen.

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA Area

Olympic College

1600 Chester Ave, Bremerton, Washington 98337-1699
(360) 792-6050
Cook?s Helper – Associate Program, Baking Fundamentals – Certificate Program

Olympic College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are taught at their campus in the city of Bremerton. The college has approximately 7,177 students in total, with most students on 4-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Tuition fees for in-state students are around $3,618 and for out-of-state students approximately $4,064 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $828, although this will depend on the program.

Central Washington nonmetropolitan area Area

Central Washington University

400 East University Way, Ellensburg, Washington 98926-7501
(509) 963-1111
Food Service Management Minor – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Food Service Management Minor at Central Washington University is taught at their campus in the town of Ellensburg. Of the 11,993 students, about 7% are postgraduates. The university is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Tuition fees for in-state students are in the order of $7,719 and for students from outside the state approximately $21,522 annually. Learning materials may cost around $1,002, although this varies from program to program.

Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area Area

Walla Walla Community College

500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla, Washington 99362-9267
(509) 522-2500
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Walla Walla Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Walla Walla. This public college has round 4,617 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly about $4,203 and for students from other states around $5,670 for each academic year. Study materials can cost roughly $1,000, depending on the program chosen.

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA Area

Skagit Valley College

2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon, Washington 98273
(360) 416-7600
Baking & Pastry Emphasis – Associate Program, Certified Culinarian – Certificate Program

Skagit Valley College offers various Associate program options for chefs, an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Mount Vernon, WA. Most of the school’s 5,290 students are on 4-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Fees for tuition for in-state students are in the order of $4,200 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $4,700 yearly. Learning materials may cost about $1,200, although this will vary with the program.

Olympia, WA Area

South Puget Sound Community College

2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, Washington 98512-6292
(360) 596-5241
Baking and Pastry Arts – Certificate Program

South Puget Sound Community College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. All programs are based at their campus in the city of Olympia, WA. Most of the school’s 4,839 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly in the order of $4,104 and for students from outside the state around $9,513 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost around $825, although this will depend on the program.

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Area

Clark College

1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, Washington 98663-3598
(360) 992-2000
Professional Baking & Pastry Arts Management – Associate Program, Baking and Pastry Arts – Certificate Program

Clark College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are offered at their campus in the city of Vancouver, WA. This public college has approximately 10,477 students in total, with most students on 4-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly around $3,498 and for out-of-state students approximately $8,841 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $825, although this will depend on the program.

International Air and Hospitality Academy

2901 E Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, Washington 98661
(360) 695-2500
Airline Specialist – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Airline Specialist at International Air and Hospitality Academy can be taken at their campus in the city of Vancouver, WA. Most of the school’s 122 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Fees for tuition are about $8,025 per year, while study materials may cost in the order of $130, depending on the program.

Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division Area

Edmonds Community College

20000 68th Ave W, Lynnwood, Washington 98036-5912
(425) 640-1459
Baking – Certificate Program, Catering – Associate Program

Edmonds Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Lynnwood in Snohomish County, Washington. The college has about 8,571 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Fees for tuition for in-state students are in the order of $3,756 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $9,466 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $825, although this varies from program to program.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

11605 132nd Ave NE, Kirkland, Washington 98034-8506
(425) 739-8100
Baking Arts – Associate Program, Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Lake Washington Institute of Technology offers various Associate program options for chefs, an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Kirkland in King County, WA. The majority of of the school’s 3,531 students are on 4-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Tuition fees for in-state students are in the order of $4,059 and for students from outside the state approximately $9,403 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,065, although this will depend on the program.

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Seattle

360 Corporate Dr North, Tukwila, Washington 98188
(206) 268-3888
Pâtisserie And Baking – Certificate Program

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts offers various Certificate program options for chefs. Classes are taken at their Seattle campus in Tukwila in King County. This private, for-profit college has around 429 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Tuition fees are, as a rough guide, around $12,780 for each academic year.

Renton Technical College

3000 NE Fourth St, Renton, Washington 98056-4123
(425) 235-2352
Professional Baking – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Renton Technical College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are offered at their campus in the city of Renton, WA. Most of the school’s 3,961 students are on 4-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The cost of tuition is in the order of $4,836 yearly, while study materials may cost about $825, depending on the program.

Seattle Central College

1701 Broadway Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98122
(206) 934-3800
Specialty Desserts & Breads – Associate Program, Specialty Desserts & Breads – Certificate Program

Seattle Central College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Seattle. This public college has about 6,574 students in total, with the majority of students on 4-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The cost of tuition for in-state students is usually in the order of $3,925 and for students from outside the state in the order of $4,332 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $825, although this will vary with the program.

South Seattle College

6000 16th Ave SW, Seattle, Washington 98106-1499
(206) 934-5300
Pastry & Baking Arts – Associate Program, Pastry & Baking Arts – Certificate Program

South Seattle College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are taught at their campus in the city of Seattle, Washington. This public college has approximately 6,076 students in total, with most students on 4-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly about $3,854 and for students from other states around $4,261 for each academic year. Study materials can cost roughly $825, depending on the program chosen.

The Art Institute of Seattle

2323 Elliott Ave, Seattle, Washington 98121-1622
(206) 448-0900
Baking & Pastry – Associate Program, Baking & Pastry – Certificate Program

The Art Institute of Seattle offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Seattle, WA. Most of the school’s 1,190 students are on 4-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Tuition fees are usually around $17,556 per year. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,026, depending on the program chosen.

Spokane, WA Area

Spokane Community College

1810 North Greene Street, Spokane, Washington 99217-5399
(509) 533-8020
Baking: Professional Pastries and Specialty Cakes – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Spokane Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Spokane. Most of the school’s 10,218 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is in the order of $3,393 and for students from outside the state around $8,738 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost roughly $1,134, although this will vary with the program.

Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division Area

Bates Technical College

1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, Washington 98405
(253) 680-7000
Culinary Arts Line Cook – Certificate Program

Bates Technical College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. All programs are taught at their campus in the city of Tacoma. Most of the school’s 3,272 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is around $4,601 and for out-of-state students around $10,008 for each academic year. Study materials can cost roughly $1,010, depending on the program chosen.

Clover Park Technical College

4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, Washington 98499-4004
(253) 589-5800
Pastry Arts – Associate Program, Pastry Arts – Certificate Program

Clover Park Technical College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Lakewood. The majority of of the school’s 3,650 students are on 4-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is around $5,865 and for out-of-state students around $11,906 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $825, depending 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 Washington may also wish to review their options in Idaho, Oregon and California.