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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


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

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25th percentile
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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


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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