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$36,190 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Personal & Culinary Services Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many personal and culinary services graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 74,717
Basic Certificate 44,250
Associate’s Degree 12,817
Bachelor’s Degree 1,107
Master’s Degree 30
Graduate Certificate 11

What Personal & Culinary Services Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to personal and culinary services and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Personal & Culinary Services Majors

Personal and Culinary Services majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Personal & Culinary Services Majors

personal and culinary services majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Personal & Culinary Services Majors

Personal and Culinary Services majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

What Can You Do With a Personal & Culinary Services Major?

People with a personal and culinary services degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Bakers 7.6% $26,520
Barbers 13.5% $27,960
Bartenders 2.5% $22,550
Butchers and Meat Cutters 5.7% $31,580
Chefs and Head Cooks 9.6% $48,460
Cooks 9.0% $28,650
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 7.7% $26,860
Cooks, Private Household 5.2% $37,590
Cooks, Restaurant 11.8% $26,530
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 9.3% $32,450
First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers 14.6% $38,400
Food Scientists and Technologists 5.9% $65,300
Food Service Managers 9.0% $54,240
Funeral Service Managers 7.0% $79,180
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 13.0% $24,730
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance 12.5% $64,250
Manicurists and Pedicurists 13.2% $24,330
Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors 3.8% $52,650
Professors 9.4% $65,660
Skincare Specialists 13.7% $31,290
Slaughterers and Meat Packers 0.6% $28,260
Spa Managers 14.6% $38,400

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Personal & Culinary Services?

1,107 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
62% Percent Women
34% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
The major attracts more women than men. About 62% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of personal and culinary services majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Personal & Culinary Services Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 36
Black or African American 133
Hispanic or Latino 168
White 599
International Students 45
Other Races/Ethnicities 126

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Personal & Culinary Services, too. About 4.1% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Personal & Culinary Services Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that personal and culinary services students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $28,700 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $27,500 (25th percentile) and $29,100 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in personal and culinary services, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Personal and Culinary Services majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $28,660 to $57,620 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with personal and culinary services may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for personal and culinary services careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 13.1%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 30.9%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 21.2%
Some College Courses 7.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 14.2%
Bachelor’s Degree 11.0%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.8%
Master’s Degree 1.0%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.1%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.7%
Doctoral Degree 0.4%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.2%

Online Personal & Culinary Services Programs

In 2017-2018, 2,284 schools offered a personal and culinary services program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 2,769 10
Certificate (1-2 years) 2,989 10
Certificate (2-4 Years) 270 0
Associate’s Degree 878 15
Bachelor’s Degree 2 0
Post-Baccalaureate 2,769 10
Master’s Degree 1 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Personal & Culinary Services Worth It?

The median salary for a personal and culinary services grad is $36,190 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to personal and culinary services.

Major Number of Grads
Mechanic & Repair Technologies 109,362
Precision Production 55,086
Construction Trades 34,134
Transportation & Materials Moving 28,074

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