Culinary Arts Programs in Wisconsin

This site provides detailed information on training options in culinary arts, baking and pastry, as well as other food preparation and services specialties in the state of Wisconsin. Moreover, we provide comprehensive data employment prospects and salaries. [En Español]

Job Outlook

In May 2016, as stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 52,590 employed as culinary arts professionals in the state of Wisconsin. In addition, there were 3,810 people working as baking professionals, as well as a further 10,110 working in food prep. There were 5,570 employed as food service managers. Employment for cooks and chefs in the badger state, in the 10 years to 2024, is expected to expand by 8.0%, which compares favorably with 4.5% growth expected nationwide.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in Wisconsin

The mean wage for chefs working in restaurants in the nation’s 20th most populous state, in 2016, was $11.73 per hour, $24,390 annually (BLS). Experienced senior cooks and chefs earned a mean annual salary of $47,240, or $22.71 per hour, during the same year, and baking and pastry specialists earned $28,150 or $13.53 per hour.

Salaries in Wisconsin by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers3,810$13.53$28,150$18,760$21,880$26,850$33,560$39,140
Butchers and Meat Cutters1,980$18.89$39,290$26,550$32,590$38,490$46,570$51,940
Chefs and Head Cooks1,870$22.71$47,240$27,530$33,720$42,340$59,480$75,260
Fast Food Cooks4,630$9.45$19,660$16,260$17,230$18,860$21,950$25,180
Food Preparation Workers10,110$10.03$20,870$16,450$17,710$19,840$23,760$28,160
Food Service Managers5,570$22.97$47,780$28,160$34,430$43,970$55,260$69,920
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks11,000$13.08$27,210$19,330$22,410$26,940$31,140$36,790
Other Cooks60$13.13$27,300$20,550$22,150$24,840$31,080$39,280
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers420$9.94$20,670$16,590$17,740$19,600$23,400$27,910
Restaurant Cooks21,460$11.73$24,390$17,410$20,020$23,480$28,230$33,010
Short Order Cooks2,570$10.43$21,690$16,660$18,280$21,190$24,580$28,920

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in Wisconsin by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Appleton, WI100$16.09$33,470
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI3,880$23.62$49,130
Duluth, MN-WI110$20.36$42,360
Eau Claire, WI40$21.26$44,210
Green Bay, WI80$24.61$51,200
Madison, WI290$22.86$47,540
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI600$24.15$50,230
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI1,840$21.33$44,370
Racine, WI**$16.04$33,360
Sheboygan, WI50$20.55$42,750

Restaurant Cook Salaries in Wisconsin by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Appleton, WI1,060$11.31$23,530
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI34,800$12.03$25,020
Duluth, MN-WI1,470$11.60$24,120
Eau Claire, WI580$11.74$24,410
Fond du Lac, WI330$12.37$25,720
Green Bay, WI1,370$10.45$21,740
Janesville-Beloit, WI510$9.98$20,770
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN610$10.72$22,300
Madison, WI3,490$12.02$25,010
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI5,030$12.49$25,990
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI17,500$12.96$26,950
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI460$11.96$24,870
Racine, WI530$12.16$25,290
Sheboygan, WI630$11.45$23,820
Wausau, WI560$11.39$23,690

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Appleton, WI Area

Fox Valley Technical College

1825 N Bluemound Dr, Appleton, Wisconsin 54912-2277
(920) 735-5600
Culinary Arts – Associate Program, Food Service Production – Certificate Program

Fox Valley Technical College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are imparted at their campus in Appleton in Outagamie County, WI. The majority of of the school’s 10,901 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees for in-state students are around $4,436 and for out-of-state students approximately $6,391 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,820, although this will depend on the program.

Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area Area

Lakeshore Technical College

1290 North Avenue, Cleveland, Wisconsin 53015-1414
(920) 693-1000 x1192
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Culinary Arts at Lakeshore Technical College is offered at their campus in Cleveland in Manitowoc County. The majority of of the school’s 2,837 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition for in-state students is usually about $4,125 and for students from other states in the order of $6,081 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,820, although this will vary with the program.

Fond du Lac, WI Area

Moraine Park Technical College

235 N National Avenue, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 54936-1940
(920) 929-2483
Culinary Arts – Associate Program, Culinary Assistant – Certificate Program

Moraine Park Technical College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are based at their campus in the city of Fond du Lac. The majority of of the school’s 6,294 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees for in-state students are generally around $4,340 and for out-of-state students approximately $6,295 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,819, although this will depend on the program.

La Crosse, WI-MN Area

Western Technical College

400 Seventh St. North, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601
(608) 785-9200
Food Preparation Assistant – Certificate Program

Western Technical College’s Certificate program in Food Preparation Assistant is taught at their campus in the city of La Crosse, Wisconsin. The majority of of the school’s 4,044 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition for in-state students is usually in the order of $3,776 and for students from outside the state in the order of $6,166 per year, while study materials may cost in the order of $1,616, depending on the program.

Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division Area

Gateway Technical College

3520 30th Ave, Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144-1690
(262) 564-2200
Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Gateway Technical College’s Associate program is taught at their campus in Kenosha in Kenosha County, WI. Most of the school’s 8,740 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Fees for tuition for in-state students are around $4,152 and for out-of-state students likely to be about $6,106 yearly. Study materials can cost about $1,819, depending on the program chosen.

Madison, WI Area

Madison Area Technical College

1701 Wright St, Madison, Wisconsin 53704-2599
(608) 246-6100
Baking & Decorative Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Madison Area Technical College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Madison, WI. Of the 16,520 students, about 0% are postgraduates. The college is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Fees for tuition for in-state students are around $4,281 and for out-of-state students likely to be about $6,236 yearly. Books and supplies can cost about $1,820, although this will depend on the program.

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI Area

Milwaukee Area Technical College

700 W State St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233-1443
(414) 297-6370
Baking Production – Certificate Program, Baking and Pastry Arts – Associate Program

Milwaukee Area 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 Milwaukee. Most of the school’s 15,186 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees for in-state students are in the order of $4,426 and for students from outside the state around $6,381 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,819, depending on the program.

Waukesha County Technical College

800 Main Street, Pewaukee, Wisconsin 53072-4601
(262) 691-5566
Baking/Pastry – Certificate Program

Waukesha County Technical College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. All programs are taught at their campus in Pewaukee in Waukesha County, WI. The college has approximately 7,928 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition for in-state students is about $4,340 and for students from other states likely to be about $6,206 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,820, although this varies from program to program.

Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area Area

Nicolet Area Technical College

5364 College Drive, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501-0518
(715) 365-4410
Baking – Certificate Program

Nicolet Area Technical College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. All programs are imparted at their campus in Rhinelander in Oneida County. The majority of of the school’s 1,048 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees for in-state students are around $4,642 and for out-of-state students approximately $6,963 annually. Study materials can cost around $1,818, depending on the program chosen.

Racine, WI Area

Shepherds College

1805 15th Avenue, Union Grove, Wisconsin 53182-1527
(262) 878-6365
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Shepherds College’s Certificate program in Culinary Arts is taught at their campus in the town of Union Grove. The college, which has a Interdenominational religious affiliation,, which has a Interdenominational religious affiliation, has approximately 55 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The Culinary Arts program, with a duration of 2700 contact hours, is the college’s largest program. The college is institutionally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. Tuition fees are around $114,000 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $600, depending on the program.

South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area Area

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College

1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, Wisconsin 53809-9778
(608) 822-3262
Culinary Specialist – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are based at their campus in Fennimore in Grant County, WI. The college has in the order of 2,114 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly about $4,340 and for students from other states around $6,204 for each academic year. Books and supplies can cost roughly $1,820, 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

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