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Culinary Schools In Iowa

Iowa has 5 accredited culinary schools where culinary faculty who teach culinary classes can find employment. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the culinary academic community in Iowa, and the future trends in culinary training at the following levels:


  1. Des Moines Area Community College

    2006 Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, Iowa 50023-3993

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  2. Eastern Iowa Community College District

    306 W River Dr, Davenport, Iowa 52801-1221

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  3. Indian Hills Community College

    525 Grandview, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  4. Iowa Central Community College

    One Triton Circle, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  5. Kirkwood Community College

    6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406-2068

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Professional Trends

Iowa Vs. National Culinary Employment

Iowa 23,630
National 2,077,050

Approximately 1% of the country's culinary professionals work in Iowa state.

Employment Growth for Culinary professionals In Iowa

27,890 26,000 25,980 24,700 23,630
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

In Iowa, culinary is a shrinking field. 4,260 less culinary professionals were working in Iowa in 2010, than there were in 2006. Thus, the field of culinary has shrunk by 15% in Iowa. This decline is faster than the change in the number of culinary professionals around the country. Nationally, the number of culinary professionals has shrunk by 1% from 2006 to 2010.

Culinary VS. All Professions salaries in Iowa

$20,810 $21,846 $23,074 $23,080 $23,028
$40,051 $42,531 $43,384 $44,580 $45,125
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Culinary
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

In Iowa, as the number of culinary professionals is declining, the salaries earned by culinary professionals are increasing. The mean salary for culinary professionals in 2006 was $20,810 per year. And in 2010 the mean salary was $23,028 per year.

Salary percentiles for Culinary professionals in Iowa

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Thus, culinary professionals' salaries grew by 10% in 4 years. This growth is mirrored by state trends for all professionals. In Iowa state, within the field of culinary, there is a huge variation in pay. The highest paid culinary professionals earn 69% more money than those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket.

Average Salaries for Culinary professionals and related professions in Iowa

Restaurant Management

In Iowa, culinary professionals earn, on average, less than professionals in related fields.

Educational Trends

Culinary programs available for each degree type for all schools in Iowa


As the number of culinary professionals is decreasing in Iowa state, the number of students graduating from the 5 accredited culinary schools in Iowa state is increasing. In 2006, 76 students graduated from culinary courses in Iowa. And in 2010, 113 students graduated.

This represents a 49% increase in the number of culinary degree or certificate school graduates in Iowa state. Most of these graduates, or 55%, earned an associate's degree in culinary.

Culinary Faculty Salaries in Iowa

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