Culinary Arts
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Culinary arts is a program that prepares individuals to provide professional chef and related cooking services in restaurants and other commercial food establishments. includes instruction in recipe and menu planning, preparing and cooking of foods, supervising and training kitchen assistants, the management of food supplies and kitchen resources, aesthetics of food presentation, and familiarity or mastery of a wide variety of cuisines and culinary techniques.
Current award levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in culinary arts at each level last year.
05K10K15K0-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year Certificate2-4 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's Degree
People with this bachelor's degree have gone to work in these careers
Chefs and head cooksCooksMorticians, undertakers, and f...Food service managersHairdressers, hairstylists, an...First-line supervisors of food...Managers (specialized areas)First-line supervisors of reta...Waiters and waitressesGeneral and operations manager...Wholesale and manufacturing sa...BakersElementary and middle school t...Janitors and building cleanersFood preparation workersRetail salespersonsFirst-line supervisors of non-...Marketing and sales managers
Cosmetology Services and Culinary Arts majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all culinary arts graduates from this last academic year. We found a lower percentage of international graduates than in 48% of other programs.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a higher percentage of graduates than in 73% of other programs.
Gender
Of all people with any degree in culinary arts earned in the last academic year, 51% were women.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage women
This is a lower percentage of women than 53% of other programs.
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Recommended careers
Following are the jobs recommended for those who study Cosmetology Services and Culinary Arts (which combines 7 programs). These are listed in order of highest nationwide employment.
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Staring Salaries and College Debt by Award
How are students who recently completed a degree in Culinary Arts doing?

New data from College Scorecard gives us a glimpse into the earnings and debt for recent graduates in their first year or two after leaving school. Shown is the distribution of the medians reported for all schools with graduates in the given program/award level.

Starting salaries by award level
$23K$25K$29K$0$10K$20K$30K$40KBachelor's DegreeAssociate's DegreeCertificate
Median cumulative federal loan amount
$13K$18K$39K$0$10K$20K$30K$40K$50KBachelor's DegreeAssociate's DegreeCertificate
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What careers are recommended with this degree?

Is this degree preparing you for a career with a salary you want? Are there lots of openings in the near future? The Department of Education suggests these careers as a starting list, and Ididio hopes that if the career you're most interested in doesn't appear here, you will head over to our careers site and learn more about paths to your best career.

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Salary Spread
Salary distribution for people in this occupation
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
How much school?
Education level of people in this occupation
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Employed
The number of people employed in this occupation
Growth Rate
The projected percentage growth in employment for this occupation in 10 years
Annual Job Openings
The projected average number of job openings per year
Cooks, Restaurant
$0$200K$27K
1,362,300
21.9%
243,800
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
$0$200K$32K
988,900
10.8%
169,900
Chefs and Head Cooks
$0$200K$48K
139,000
11.1%
20,700
Cooks, Private Household
$0$200K$38K
38,300
4.0%
5,700
Cooks (Specialized Areas)
$0$200K$29K
23,300
5.9%
3,500
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Where can I complete this program?
What schools offer this program?
Explore schools that offer culinary arts degrees and certificates

We've created a list of schools that offer this program for the level you select. We've also chosen a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually. You can filter the list by award level and by state. Clicking on any table headers will sort the table by that column, and clicking on any row sends you to Ididio's school profile.

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School
State
Total enrollment
Student to Full-time Faculty Ratio
Average Net Price
Repayment Rate
6-year Completion Rate
AI Miami International University of Art and Design
FL
1,399
57.2
$18,457
41%
31%
Academia Serrant Inc
PR
517
176.0
$5,880
Adirondack Community College
NY
2,666
31.1
$8,436
53%
27%
Alamance Community College
NC
2,893
28.3
$10,774
23%
Albany Technical College
GA
2,600
27.6
$459
20%
42%
Allegany College of Maryland
MD
1,704
18.6
$9,509
58%
29%
Alvin Community College
TX
3,913
37.9
$7,223
54%
27%
Arizona Culinary Institute
AZ
169
15.9
$33,102
61%
Arizona Western College
AZ
5,405
43.5
$10,401
38%
18%
Asheville - Buncombe Technical Community College
NC
5,734
32.0
$6,893
61%
29%
Ashland Community and Technical College
KY
1,880
26.4
$5,733
40%
23%
Athens Technical College
GA
2,823
26.8
$4,365
32%
Atlanta Technical College
GA
3,163
29.6
$1,790
22%
28%
Atlantic Cape Community College
NJ
3,762
56.0
$7,788
53%
22%
Atlantic Technical College
FL
1,593
9.2
$6,549
Augusta Technical College
GA
3,357
24.5
$7,151
24%
29%
Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Austin
TX
763
23.9
$13,689
55%
61%
Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Boulder
CO
1,595
23.3
$13,286
63%
91%
Austin Community College District
TX
24,069
43.0
$4,194
51%
8%
Baker College
MI
8,487
65.5
$12,877
42%
16%
Explore similar programs

Culinary Arts is part of a larger collection of programs: Culinary Services. Is there a different program that's close to Culinary Arts that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.

Program
Graduates
Award Levels
Less than Bachelor's
Bachelor's
Graduate
Gender
Men
Women
Race/Origin
White
Minority
International
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