Culinary Arts Programs in West Virginia

On this page you will find in depth information on training options in culinary arts, baking and pastry, as well as other food preparation and services specialties in the state of West Virginia. Additionally, you will find in depth data job prospects and current wage rates in the mountain state. [En Español]

Job Outlook

There were about 19,330 working as cooks and chefs in West Virginia in 2016, as stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Additionally, there were 900 persons employed as baking and pastry specialists, and an additional 2,450 in employment in food prep. There were 1,360 employed as food service managers. In the 10 years to 2024, it is expected that employment for chefs and cooks in the mountain state will grow by 0.6%.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in West Virginia

The mean annual salary for chefs working in restaurants in the country’s 41st largest state, as of May 2016, was $21,750 (BLS). This is the same as an hourly wage of $10.46. Chefs and experienced senior cooks earned a mean salary of $51,080 for the same year, while baking and pastry chefs earned $23,120 or $11.12 per hour.

Salaries in West Virginia by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers900$11.12$23,120$18,590$19,180$20,850$25,160$30,560
Butchers and Meat Cutters650$12.70$26,410$18,950$20,710$24,360$32,030$37,500
Chefs and Head Cooks280$24.56$51,080$23,800$34,980$51,610$69,620$72,070
Fast Food Cooks1,720$9.58$19,930$18,420$18,740$19,290$20,160$23,140
Food Preparation Workers2,450$10.09$20,980$18,450$18,830$19,530$21,940$25,440
Food Service Managers1,360$23.64$49,160$30,380$38,010$47,580$58,940$69,460
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks5,370$11.05$22,990$18,720$19,530$21,950$24,840$29,270
Other Cooks60$12.01$24,980$18,640$19,290$25,060$29,450$33,080
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers140$10.28$21,370$18,590$19,190$20,640$23,360$25,060
Restaurant Cooks6,110$10.46$21,750$18,570$19,110$20,390$23,710$27,250
Short Order Cooks420$10.06$20,920$18,450$18,830$19,650$22,430$24,780

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in West Virginia by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV40$23.87$49,650
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH30$25.59$53,220
Morgantown, WV50$28.31$58,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV2,930$30.05$62,510

Restaurant Cook Salaries in West Virginia by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Beckley, WV310$10.43$21,700
Charleston, WV870$10.46$21,750
Cumberland, MD-WV330$10.32$21,470
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV630$11.06$22,990
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH1,360$10.29$21,400
Morgantown, WV870$10.77$22,410
Parkersburg-Vienna, WV290$10.75$22,370
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV26,120$13.04$27,120
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH400$10.68$22,220
Wheeling, WV-OH490$10.34$21,510
Winchester, VA-WV480$10.73$22,320

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Charleston, WV Area

Carver Career Center

4799 Midland Dr, Charleston, West Virginia 25306-6397
(304) 348-1968
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Culinary Arts at Carver Career Center can be taken at their campus in Charleston in Kanawha County, WV. Most of the school’s 223 students are on 2-year programs. The college’s retention rate for full-time students is over 80%. Fees for tuition are broadly about $5,310 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $2,000, depending on the program.

Putnam Career and Technical Center

300 Roosevelt Boulevard, Eleanor, West Virginia 25070-0640
(304) 586-3494 x4421
Prostart Restaurant Management – Certificate Program

Putnam Career and Technical Center’s Certificate-level Prostart Restaurant Management program is offered at their campus in Eleanor in Putnam County, WV. The majority of of the school’s 108 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. Tuition fees are broadly around $5,084 annually, while study materials may cost around $1,104, depending on the program.

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV Area

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

13650 Apple Harvest Drive, Martinsburg, West Virginia 25403
(304) 260-4380
Baking and Pastry Arts – Certificate Program, Baking and Pastry Arts – Associate Program

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are imparted at their campus in Martinsburg in Berkeley County. Most of the school’s 5,552 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 for in-state students are likely to be in the order of $3,864 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $6,984 yearly. Learning materials may cost about $1,364, although this will vary with the program.

James Rumsey Technical Institute

3274 Hedgesville Road, Martinsburg, West Virginia 25403-0259
(304) 754-7925
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Culinary Arts at James Rumsey Technical Institute is offered at their campus in Martinsburg in Berkeley County. Most of the school’s 128 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. Tuition fees are around $6,024 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $2,143, although this will vary with the program.

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Area

Mountwest Community and Technical College

One Mountwest Way, Huntington, West Virginia 25701
(866) 710-3140
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Mountwest Community and Technical College’s Certificate program in Culinary Arts is based at their campus in Huntington in Cabell County. This public college has round 1,775 students in total, with the majority of 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 $3,888 and for students from other states around $9,672 for each academic year, while books and supplies may cost roughly $1,357, although this varies from program to program.

Wheeling, WV-OH Area

West Virginia Northern Community College

1704 Market St., Wheeling, West Virginia 26003-3699
(304) 233-5900
Culinary Arts – Associate Program, Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

West Virginia Northern Community College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are offered at their campus in the city of Wheeling, WV. Most of the school’s 2,013 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 for in-state students are likely to be in the order of $3,684 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $10,620 yearly, while study materials may cost about $1,135, 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

Students may also wish to review their options in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and Kentucky.