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Culinary in Mississippi

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Schools Offering Culinary Arts Programs in Mississippi

Around 0.1% of Mississippi's graduates graduate from culinary arts degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 55 chefs graduate from Mississippi's 6 culinary schools.

Top Schools

Mississippi University for Women, which is located in Columbus, is the top-ranked school in Mississippi that has a culinary program. It received a ranking of 75th in the country in 2010. In 2010, Mississippi University for Women graduated 21 students from its culinary program. Tuition at Mississippi University for Women was $4,644 per year.

East Central Community College, which was ranked 80th nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Mississippi that has a culinary program. It is located in Decatur. Tuition at East Central Community College was $1,980 per year.

Hinds Community College, which was ranked 80th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Mississippi that has a culinary program. It is located in Raymond. 10 students graduated with degree in culinary from Hinds Community College in 2010. The tuition rate at Hinds Community College was $2,060 per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of Mississippi's culinary schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $2,529 per year, though tuition can range from $4,644 per year to $1,980 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Mississippi culinary schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Mississippi University for Women - located in Columbus, students are charged $4,644 per year
  2. Jones County Junior College - located in Ellisville, students are charged $2,320 per year
  3. Northeast Mississippi Community College - located in Booneville, students are charged $2,130 per year

The culinary schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in Mississippi were:

  1. East Central Community College - located in Decatur, students are charged $1,980 per year
  2. Coahoma Community College - located in Clarksdale, students are charged $2,040 per year
  3. Hinds Community College - located in Raymond, students are charged $2,060 per year

A culinary degree from a Mississippi school... what next?

A large number of Mississippi culinary graduates become chefs. Mississippi had 550 chefs in 2010. The Mississippi counties with the largest populations of chefs are:

  1. Hancock County - 160 chefs
  2. Adams County - 90 chefs
  3. Alcorn County - 70 chefs

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of chefs is expected to grow by 8% by 2018. There are projected to be 820 chefs working in the Mississippi then.


On average, chefs earn $37,770 per year. However, Mississippi chefs earned anywhere in the range from as less than $17,820 per year to more than $63,970 per year in 2010. On average a chef earns the most in the following Mississippi counties:

  1. Clarke County - $46,670 per year
  2. Adams County - $41,520 per year
  3. Copiah County - $41,080 per year

The following counties in Mississippi have the lowest average salaries for chefs:

  1. Alcorn County - $25,410 per year
  2. Forrest County - $26,510 per year
  3. Hancock County - $39,500 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Mississippi statistics regarding a career in culinary arts. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as pastry or culinary.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts in Mississippi
  • Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts in Mississippi
  • Certificate in Culinary Arts in Mississippi

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Cooks, Fast Food 11,500 $17,390 -10.7%
Cooks, Restaurant 7,010 $20,720 -7.2%
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 6,070 $18,900 -19.1%
Cooks, Short Order 1,850 $17,350 -12.3%
Chefs and Head Cooks 550 $37,770

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