Culinary in California

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Schools Offering Culinary Arts Programs in California


Around 0.5% of California's graduates graduate from culinary arts degree programs every year. Thus, California's 64 culinary schools put out approximately 4,642 chefs each year.

Top Schools

Charles A. Jones Skills and Business Education Center, which was ranked 66th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in California that has a culinary program. It is located in Sacramento. 126 students graduated with a degree in culinary from Charles A. Jones Skills and Business Education Center in 2010.

CET-Sobrato, which was ranked 68th nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in California that has a culinary program. It is located in San Jose. In 2010, 92 students graduated from CET-Sobrato culinary program.

The third-ranked school in California with a culinary program is Pomona Unified School District Adult and Career Education, which is located in Pomona. In 2010, it was ranked 69th nationwide. 9 students graduated with degree in culinary from Pomona Unified School District Adult and Career Education in 2010. Pomona Unified School District Adult and Career Education charged in-state students $0 in tuition fees per year.

Cost

Tuition at California's culinary schools ranges from $22,593 per year to $624 per year. But, the average tuition is $2,902 per year. The California culinary schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - located in Pasadena, students are charged $22,593 per year
  2. The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles - located in Santa Monica, students are charged $18,848 per year
  3. The Art Institute of California - located in Sunnyvale, students are charged $18,748 per year

The culinary schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in California were:

  1. San Joaquin Delta College - located in Stockton, students are charged $624 per year
  2. Victor Valley College - located in Victorville, students are charged $634 per year
  3. American River College - located in Sacramento, students are charged $644 per year

A culinary degree from a California school... what next?

A large number of California culinary graduates become chefs. If you decide to work as a chef in California, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 10,530 California chefs as of 2010. In California, the largest numbers of chefs work in the following counties:

  1. Los Angeles County - 3,050 chefs
  2. Marin County - 1,400 chefs
  3. San Diego County - 1,010 chefs

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of chefs in California will grow by 3%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 11,900 chefs working in California.

Salary

On average, chefs earn $48,610 per year. But, salaries for chefs can vary. In 2010, chefs made as little as less than $21,940 per year or as much as more than $99,190 per year in California. The counties in California with the highest average salary for a chef are:

  1. Lassen County - $56,610 per year
  2. Alameda County - $54,840 per year
  3. Monterey County - $54,790 per year

The following counties in California have the lowest average salaries for chefs:

  1. Del Norte County - $35,910 per year
  2. Fresno County - $38,650 per year
  3. San Joaquin County - $39,530 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional California statistics regarding a career in culinary arts and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as pastry or culinary.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts in California
  • Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts in California
  • Certificate in Culinary Arts in California

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Cooks, Fast Food 106,470 $19,140 10.7%
2
Cooks, Restaurant 94,910 $25,050 3.9%
3
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 22,790 $29,520 0.2%
4
Cooks, Short Order 16,820 $23,510 33.3%
5
Chefs and Head Cooks 10,530 $48,610 -19.7%
 

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