Culinary Schools
In San Diego, California

In San Diego, there are 4 culinary schools where culinary faculty can find employment. Below are statistics and other relevant data to help analyze the state of culinary and culinary education in San Diego, which includes culinary training at the following levels:

  • Culinary Certificate
  • Associates degree in Culinary
  • Bachelors degree in Culinary


Professional Trends

San Diego Vs. California Culinary Employment

San Diego 22,530
California 251,520

Exactly 22,530 of the 251,520 culinary professionals employed in California, work in San Diego. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of culinary professionals in San Diego has shrunk by 4%. Overall employment in San Diego has increased.

San Diego Vs. California Culinary employment growth

256,200 269,590 269,290 257,280 251,520
23,390 24,840 23,980 23,110 22,530
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Grey: California
  • Dark Yellow: San Diego

Culinary VS. All professions salaries in San Diego

$26,536 $27,768 $27,738 $29,084 $29,326
$43,600 $45,210 $47,250 $48,860 $50,200
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Culinary in San Diego
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions in San Diego

Salaries for culinary professionals in San Diego have increased. In 2010 culinary professionals in San Diego reportedly earned an average salary of $29,326 per year. Four years earlier in 2006, the average salary for culinary professionals in San Diego was $26,536 per year. This growth is slower than the salary trend for all careers in San Diego.

Salary percentiles for Culinary professionals in San Diego

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Culinary professionals in San Diego earn a median salary of $27,602 per year. The difference in pay between the culinary professionals in the lowest pay bracket and those in the highest pay bracket is approximately 76%. Those in the lowest 10% of the pay bracket earn less than $22,426 per year, while those in the highest 10% of the pay bracket earn more than $39,456 per year.

Average Salaries for Culinary professionals and related professions in San Diego

Restaurant Management

Culinary professional salaries in San Diego are, on average, lower than salaries earned for professionals in related fields.

Educational Trends

Culinary schools in San Diego


There are 4 accredited culinary schools in the city. Many of San Diego's culinary professionals are graduates of one of these schools.

Culinary Programs Offered In San Diego


San Diego's culinary schools offer 8 culinary degree and certificate programs.

Student Completed Culinary Degrees In San Diego


Approximately 339 students graduated from culinary courses in 2010.

Culinary Faculty Salaries in San Diego, California

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