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Culinary in Missouri

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Schools Offering Culinary Arts Programs in Missouri

Each year, roughly 0.4% of Missouri students graduate with degrees in culinary arts. Thus, Missouri's 18 culinary schools put out approximately 691 chefs each year.

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Poplar Bluff School District Practical Nurse Program, which is located in Poplar Bluff, is the top-ranked school in Missouri that has a culinary program. It received a ranking of 58th in the country in 2010. no students graduated with a degree in culinary from Poplar Bluff School District Practical Nurse Program in 2010.

The second-ranked school in Missouri that has a culinary program is Waynesville Career Center. Waynesville Career Center, which was ranked 61st in the country in 2010, is located in Waynesville. In 2010, 0 students graduated from Waynesville Career Center culinary program.

Nevada Regional Technical Center, which was ranked 61st nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Missouri that has a culinary program. It is located in Nevada. The tuition rate at Nevada Regional Technical Center was $0 per year.


If you choose to attend a Missouri culinary school, average tuition will be $2,872 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $1,704 per year to $26,900 per year. The Missouri culinary schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. L'Ecole Culinaire - located in Saint Louis, students are charged $26,900 per year
  2. Southeast Missouri State University - located in Cape Girardeau, students are charged $6,255 per year
  3. Lake Career and Technical Center - located in Camdenton, students are charged $4,500 per year

The following Missouri culinary schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. East Central College - located in Union, students are charged $1,704 per year
  2. Jefferson College - located in Hillsboro, students are charged $2,040 per year
  3. Ozarks Technical Community College - located in Springfield, students are charged $2,352 per year

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

A large number of Missouri culinary graduates become chefs. In 2010, there were 890 chefs working in Missouri. The following counties have the largest number of Missouri chefs:

  1. Franklin County - 590 chefs
  2. Bond County - 500 chefs
  3. Christian County - 50 chefs

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of chefs is expected to shrink by -4% by 2018. There are projected to be 1,320 chefs working in the Missouri then.


On average, chefs earn $47,680 per year. In 2010, however, some Missouri chefs earned as little as less than $22,650 per year or as much as more than $58,770 per year. A chef in the following Missouri counties makes the highest salaries on average:

  1. Bond County - $51,270 per year
  2. Christian County - $42,290 per year
  3. Alexander County - $41,070 per year

On average, chefs earns the least in the following Missouri counties:

  1. Audrain County - $36,480 per year
  2. Franklin County - $40,510 per year
  3. Alexander County - $41,070 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Missouri statistics regarding a career in culinary arts and to compare salaries with a variety of 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 Missouri
  • Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts in Missouri
  • Certificate in Culinary Arts in Missouri

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Cooks, Restaurant 20,870 $21,430 13.8%
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 10,800 $21,580 -19.1%
Cooks, Fast Food 7,480 $17,740 -28.4%
Cooks, Short Order 2,920 $19,620 -38.9%
Chefs and Head Cooks 890 $47,680 -49.1%

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