Culinary Schools

As a professor or instructor of culinary classes at one of the 578 accredited culinary schools in the country, you play a key role in shaping the education, and, in effect, the future of this growing field. Below are charts, statistics and analysis of the trends in culinary academia which includes culinary training at the following levels:

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


Statistics

Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Culinary professionals

2,107,660 2,105,480 2,097,470 2,083,090 2,077,050
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In the year 2010, there were 2,077,050 culinary professionals working in the US. The number of culinary professionals has shrunk by 1% between 2006 and 2010.

And the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010 was 1%. This trend is expected to continue over the next 7 years.

National Salary percentiles for Culinary professionals

10th percentile
$17,572
25th percentile
$20,257
50th percentile
$24,792
75th percentile
$31,467
90th percentile
$39,307

Nationally, the median yearly salary earned by culinary professionals was $24,792 in 2010. This is 60% less than the national median salary for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Culinary

$21,880 $23,125 $23,863 $24,470 $24,792
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Culinary professionals' salaries have seen a 13% growth from the year 2006 to the year 2010.

Educational Trends

National Culinary Student enrollment growth by degree

14,234 13,457 13,738 14,149 14,243
398 427 549 395 782
0 0 0 0 0
6 7 12 9 9
8,348 8,966 10,447 13,431 13,641
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Culinary
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Culinary
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Culinary
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Culinary
  • Grey: Certificate in Culinary

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for culinary professionals. And the story on the educational front is similar. In the year 2006 there were 22,986 students who graduated from culinary degree programs across the country, while in the year 2010, there were 28,675 students graduating from culinary schools.

This represents a 25% change in 4 years. This growth in the number of students graduating from culinary courses is greater than the 12% growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general.

Culinary Programs offered Nationwide

associate
439
bachelor
45
master
1
doctor
0
Certificate
554
Total1,039

While student graduation numbers are up, the number of schools offering culinary programs has also increased. There were 447 culinary schools across the country in 2006. And there were 578 schools in 2010.

Culinary Faculty Salaries

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States

  1. California63 Schools
  2. Florida47 Schools
  3. Pennsylvania29 Schools
  4. Texas26 Schools
  5. Illinois23 Schools
  6. Oklahoma23 Schools
  7. New York22 Schools
  8. Georgia22 Schools
  9. Washington State20 Schools
  10. North Carolina20 Schools
  11. Missouri18 Schools
  12. Ohio17 Schools
  13. Arizona16 Schools
  14. Michigan16 Schools
  15. Louisiana14 Schools
  16. Virginia12 Schools
  17. Massachusetts12 Schools
  18. New Jersey10 Schools
  19. West Virginia10 Schools
  20. Wisconsin10 Schools
  21. Maryland10 Schools
  22. Minnesota10 Schools
  23. Colorado9 Schools
  24. Oregon8 Schools
  25. South Carolina8 Schools
  26. Utah8 Schools
  27. New Mexico7 Schools
  28. Kentucky7 Schools
  29. Connecticut7 Schools
  30. Kansas6 Schools
  31. Arkansas6 Schools
  32. Mississippi6 Schools
  33. Hawaii6 Schools
  34. Iowa5 Schools
  35. Nevada5 Schools
  36. Indiana4 Schools
  37. Alabama4 Schools
  38. Maine4 Schools
  39. Tennessee4 Schools
  40. Idaho4 Schools
  41. New Hampshire3 Schools
  42. Alaska3 Schools
  43. Nebraska3 Schools
  44. Wyoming2 Schools
  45. Delaware2 Schools
  46. Montana2 Schools
  47. Vermont1 Schools
  48. North Dakota1 Schools
  49. Rhode Island1 Schools
  50. South Dakota1 Schools

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