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Culinary Arts Schools in California

In 2018-2019, 2,360 students earned their Culinary Arts degrees in CA.

In terms of popularity, Culinary Arts is the 61st most popular major in the state out of a total 325 majors commonly available.

Education Levels of Culinary Arts Majors in California

Culinary Arts majors in the state tend to have the following degree levels:

Education Level Number of Grads
Award Taking Less Than 1 Year 1,217
Award Taking 1 to 2 Years 643
Award Taking 2 to 4 Years 643
Associate’s Degree 500

Gender Distribution

In California, a culinary arts major is more popular with women than with men.

Culinary Arts Majors in CA Gender Diversity Statistics

Racial Distribution

The racial distribution of culinary arts majors in California is as follows:

  • Asian: 11.3%
  • Black or African American: 8.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 40.7%
  • White: 28.2%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 2.4%
  • Other Races: 9.0%
Culinary Arts Majors in CA Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Jobs for Culinary Arts Grads in California

469,020 people in the state and 4,290,110 in the nation are employed in jobs related to culinary arts.

Culinary Arts Jobs Nationwide vs. CA

Wages for Culinary Arts Jobs in California

In this state, culinary arts grads earn an average of $34,450. Nationwide, they make an average of $33,210.

jobs nationwide vs. state.

There are 60 colleges in California that offer culinary arts degrees. Learn about the most popular 11 below:

166 Degrees in Major Awarded
9,882 Total Students

Roughly six years after entering college, graduates of this school earn $25,200 a year. 79% of students are awarded financial aid at this school. Students who attend this public school pay an average net price of $8,501.

#2

Cypress College

Cypress
155 Degrees in Major Awarded
15,794 Total Students

Graduates earn an average $27,100 after graduation. Seeking financial aid? At this school, 70% of students receive it. The full-time teacher rate is 39%.

145 Degrees in Major Awarded
13,357 Total Students

77% of students are awarded financial aid at this school. Graduates earn an average $20,400 after graduation. The full-time teacher rate is 36%.

137 Degrees in Major Awarded

The student loan default rate is 5.20% which is lower than average.

118 Degrees in Major Awarded
92 Total Students

11 to 1 is the student to faculty ratio. In their early career, The French Culinary Institute grads earn an average salary of $30,200. The student loan default rate is 9.10% which is lower than average.

#6

Grossmont College

El Cajon
98 Degrees in Major Awarded
17,835 Total Students

24 to 1 is the student to faculty ratio. In their early career, Grossmont College grads earn an average salary of $24,900. Of all the teachers who work at the school, 34% are considered full time.

89 Degrees in Major Awarded
20,000 Total Students

Of all the teachers who work at the school, 26% are considered full time. 77% of students are awarded financial aid at this school. The student to faculty ratio is 20 to 1.

89 Degrees in Major Awarded
11,373 Total Students

Of all the students who attend this school, 53% get financial aid. The full-time teacher rate is 27%. Grads earn an average early-career salary of $26,700 after earning their degree at this institution.

#9

Orange Coast College

Costa Mesa
78 Degrees in Major Awarded
21,122 Total Students

This public college charges it's students an average net price of $4,225. Of all the teachers who work at the school, 33% are considered full time. 51% of students are awarded financial aid at this school.

70 Degrees in Major Awarded
21,292 Total Students

This public school has an average net price of $6,033. Grads earn an average early-career salary of $24,300 after earning their degree at this institution. 83% of students get financical aid.

70 Degrees in Major Awarded
1,133 Total Students

Of all the students who attend this school, 88% get financial aid. The student to faculty ratio is 14 to 1. The full-time teacher rate is 49%.

Culinary Arts Careers in CA

Some of the careers culinary arts majors go into include:

Job Title CA Job Growth CA Median Salary
Restaurant Cooks 18% $29,130
Food Preparation and Serving Worker Supervisors 14% $32,590
Chefs and Head Cooks 14% $46,360
Food Service Managers 14% $52,830
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks 12% $33,720
Bartenders 12% $25,670
Bakers 12% $28,420
Food Scientists and Technologists 10% $64,200
Cooks 10% $31,800
Butchers and Meat Cutters 9% $31,320
Slaughterers and Meat Packers 4% $27,970
Wholesale and Retail Buyers 0% $0
Private Cooks 0% $39,370

Below are some popular majors in the state that are similar to culinary arts.

Major Annual Graduates in CA
Cosmetology 14,022
Other Personal & Culinary Services 83
Funeral & Mortuary Science 81

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