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In order to assist you in your decision to obtain a degree in culinary arts we have composed a list of salary information for various culinary careers throughout each state in the US as well as Canada.

Below is a list of Culinary Arts related career salaries by state:

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U.S. Chef Salary

U.S. Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$67,000
Culinary Instructor -
$106,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$47,000
Catering Director -
$48,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$82,000

Alabama Chef Salary

Alabama Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$72,000
Culinary Instructor -
$114,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$51,000
Catering Director -
$52,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$89,000

Alaska Chef Salary

Alaska Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$62,000
Culinary Instructor -
$93,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$42,000
Catering Director -
$42,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$72,000

 

Arizona Chef Salary

Arizona Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$62,000
Culinary Instructor -
$93,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$42,000
Catering Director -
$42,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$72,000

Arkansas Chef Salary

Arkansas Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$60,000
Culinary Instructor -
$94,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$42,000
Catering Director -
$43,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$73,000

California Chef Salary

California Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$69,000
Culinary Instructor -
$104,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$47,000
Catering Director -
$47,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$81,000

 

Colorado Chef Salary

Colorado Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$63,000
Culinary Instructor -
$96,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$43,000
Catering Director -
$44,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$74,000

Connecticut Chef Salary

Connecticut Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$75,000
Culinary Instructor -
$113,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$51,000
Catering Director -
$44,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$88,000

Deleware Chef Salary

Delware Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$68,000
Culinary Instructor -
$103,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$46,000
Catering Director -
$47,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$80,000

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Florida Chef Salary

Florida Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$69,000
Culinary Instructor -
$104,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$47,000
Catering Director -
$47,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$81,000

Georgia Chef Salary

Georgia Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$74,000
Culinary Instructor -
$112,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$50,000
Catering Director -
$51,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$87,000

Hawaii Chef Salary

Hawaii Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$62,000
Culinary Instructor -
$93,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$42,000
Catering Director -
$42,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$72,000

 

Idaho Chef Salary

Idaho Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$60,000
Culinary Instructor -
$91,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$41,000
Catering Director -
$41,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$70,000

Illinois Chef Salary

Illinois Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$73,000
Culinary Instructor -
$111,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$50,000
Catering Director -
$50,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$86,000

Iowa Chef Salary

Iowa Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$70,000
Culinary Instructor -
$106,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$47,000
Catering Director -
$48,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$82,000

 

Kansas Chef Salary

Kansas Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$62,000
Culinary Instructor -
$93,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$42,000
Catering Director -
$42,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$73,000

Kentucky Chef Salary

Kentucky Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$60,000
Culinary Instructor -
$91,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$41,000
Catering Director -
$41,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$71,000

Louisiana Chef Salary

Louisiana Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$60,000
Culinary Instructor -
$91,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$41,000
Catering Director -
$41,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$71,000

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Maine Chef Salary

Maine Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$54,000
Culinary Instructor -
$82,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$37,000
Catering Director -
$37,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$64,000

Maryland Chef Salary

Maryland Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$73,000
Culinary Instructor -
$111,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$50,000
Catering Director -
$50,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$86,000

Massachusetts Chef Salary

Massachusetts Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$79,000
Culinary Instructor -
$119,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$53,000
Catering Director -
$54,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$93,000

 

Michigan Chef Salary

Michigan Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$71,000
Culinary Instructor -
$108,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$48,000
Catering Director -
$49,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$84,000

Minnesota Chef Salary

Minnesota Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$64,000
Culinary Instructor -
$97,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$43,000
Catering Director -
$44,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$75,000

Mississippi Chef Salary

Mississippi Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$89,000
Culinary Instructor -
$135,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$60,000
Catering Director -
$61,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$105,000

 

Missouri Chef Salary

Missouri Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$74,000
Culinary Instructor -
$112,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$50,000
Catering Director -
$51,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$87,000

Montana Chef Salary

Montana Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$67,000
Culinary Instructor -
$106,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$47,000
Catering Director -
$48,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$83,000

Nebraska Chef Salary

Nebraska Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$64,000
Culinary Instructor -
$97,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$44,000
Catering Director -
$44,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$76,000

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Nevada Chef Salary

Nevada Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$66,000
Culinary Instructor -
$100,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$45,000
Catering Director -
$46,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$78,000

New Hampshire Chef Salary

New HampshireCulinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$64,000
Culinary Instructor -
$96,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$43,000
Catering Director -
$44,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$75,000

New Jersey Chef Salary

New Jersey Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$73,000
Culinary Instructor -
$111,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$50,000
Catering Director -
$50,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$86,000

 

New Mexico Chef Salary

New Mexico Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$68,000
Culinary Instructor -
$102,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$46,000
Catering Director -
$47,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$80,000

New York Chef Salary

New York Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$83,000
Culinary Instructor -
$125,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$56,000
Catering Director -
$57,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$90,000

North Carolina Chef Salary

North Carolina Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$70,000
Culinary Instructor -
$106,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$48,000
Catering Director -
$48,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$83,000

 

North Dakota Chef Salary

North Dakota Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$75,000
Culinary Instructor -
$113,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$51,000
Catering Director -
$51,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$88,000

Ohio Chef Salary

Ohio Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$67,000
Culinary Instructor -
$101,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$45,000
Catering Director -
$46,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$78,000

Oklahoma Chef Salary

Oklahoma Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$64,000
Culinary Instructor -
$97,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$44,000
Catering Director -
$44,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$76,000

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Oregon Chef Salary

Oregon Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$68,000
Culinary Instructor -
$103,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$46,000
Catering Director -
$47,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$80,000

Pennsylvania Chef Salary

Pennsylvania Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$66,000
Culinary Instructor -
$100,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$45,000
Catering Director -
$46,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$78,000

Rhode Island Chef Salary

Rhode Island Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$68,000
Culinary Instructor -
$102,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$46,000
Catering Director -
$47,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$80,000

 

South Carolina Chef Salary

South Carolina Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$60,000
Culinary Instructor -
$91,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$41,000
Catering Director -
$41,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$71,000

South Dakota Chef Salary

South Dakota Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$66,000
Culinary Instructor -
$99,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$45,000
Catering Director -
$45,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$77,000

Tennessee Chef Salary

Tennessee Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$71,000
Culinary Instructor -
$107,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$48,000
Catering Director -
$49,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$83,000

 

Texas Chef Salary

Texas Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$66,000
Culinary Instructor -
$100,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$45,000
Catering Director -
$46,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$78,000

Utah Chef Salary

Utah Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$54,000
Culinary Instructor -
$82,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$37,000
Catering Director -
$37,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$64,000

Vermont Chef Salary

Vermont Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$71,000
Culinary Instructor -
$107,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$48,000
Catering Director -
$49,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$83,000

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Virginia Chef Salary

Virginia Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$74,000
Culinary Instructor -
$112,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$50,000
Catering Director -
$51,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$88,000

Washington Chef Salary

Washington Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$62,000
Culinary Instructor -
$94,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$42,000
Catering Director -
$43,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$73,000

West Virginia Chef Salary

West Virginia Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$81,000
Culinary Instructor -
$128,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$57,000
Catering Director -
$58,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$99,000

 

Wisconsin Chef Salary

Wisconsin Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$56,000
Culinary Instructor -
$85,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$38,000
Catering Director -
$38,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$66,000

Wyoming Chef Salary

Wyoming Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$74,000
Culinary Instructor -
$112,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$50,000
Catering Director -
$51,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$88,000

Canada Culinary Salary

Canada Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$53,000
Culinary Instructor -
$57,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$42,000
Catering Director -
$44,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$52,500

 

Alberta Culinary Salary

Alberta Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$68,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$45,000
Catering Director -
$45,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$55,000

British Columbia BC Culinary Salary

British Columbia Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$75,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$49,000
Catering Director -
$50,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$60,000

Manitoba Culinary Salary

Manitoba Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$56,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$41,000
Catering Director -
$44,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$49,000

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New Brunswick Culinary Salary

New Brunswick Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$55,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$45,000
Catering Director -
$52,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$55,000

Nova Scotia Culinary Salary

Nova Scotia Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$58,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$38,000
Catering Director -
$44,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$53,000

Ontario Culinary Salary

Ontario Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$66,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$45,000
Catering Director -
$49,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$57,000

 

Quebec Culinary Salary

Quebec Culinary Salaries
Annual Salary
Executive & Personal Chefs -
$70,000
Baking & Pastry Chef -
$49,000
Catering Director -
$50,000
Food & Beverage Director -
$59,000



*Estimates based on information from Payscale.com, 2010 (2010 CAD)

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L'Ecole Culinaire , Saint Louis
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  • Instructors are typically real-world professionals with many years of experience in their career fields.
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  • Teaches hands-on culinary training in French, Asian, Mediterranean, Latin and American cooking, along with professional baking and pastry techniques.
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The Culinary Institute LeNotre is one of the largest cooking and pastry chef schools in Houston, Texas—a culinary arts college with a rich tradition, cutting-edge quality, and international respect. Full scholarships in addition to financial aid are available to those who qualify. 

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