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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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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
7,779 miles from location San Diego Culinary Institute La Mesa CA n/a n/a n/a
7,784 miles from location San Diego Continuing Education San Diego CA n/a n/a n/a
7,776 miles from location Riverside Community College Riverside CA 15.8854 n/a 36,586
7,883 miles from location American River College Sacramento CA 15.4069 n/a 35,413
7,962 miles from location City College of San Francisco San Francisco CA 19.5231 n/a 32,950
7,800 miles from location Mt. San Antonio College Walnut CA 19.4628 n/a 29,935
7,820 miles from location Long Beach City College Long Beach CA 13.8435 n/a 27,894
7,780 miles from location Palomar College San Marcos CA 16.5038 n/a 27,442
7,813 miles from location Pasadena City College Pasadena CA 17.7379 n/a 26,453
7,957 miles from location Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa CA 19.5812 n/a 25,877
7,848 miles from location Fresno City College Fresno CA 13.5394 n/a 25,511
7,811 miles from location Orange Coast College Costa Mesa CA 19.3061 n/a 25,316
7,800 miles from location Saddleback College Mission Viejo CA 19.6994 n/a 23,260
7,786 miles from location San Diego Mesa College San Diego CA 15.0493 n/a 23,211
7,936 miles from location Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill CA 17.2076 n/a 21,951
7,817 miles from location Cerritos College Norwalk CA 14.3203 n/a 21,776
7,779 miles from location Southwestern College Chula Vista CA 16.965 n/a 21,597
7,832 miles from location College of the Canyons Valencia CA 15.1196 n/a 21,575
7,783 miles from location Chaffey College Alta Loma CA 13.8744 n/a 21,399
7,777 miles from location Grossmont College El Cajon CA 14.8513 n/a 20,335
7,898 miles from location San Joaquin Delta College Stockton CA 16.8338 n/a 20,223
7,894 miles from location Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara CA 18.7886 n/a 19,753
7,890 miles from location Modesto Junior College Modesto CA 14.2493 n/a 18,410
7,833 miles from location Bakersfield College Bakersfield CA 15.0744 n/a 18,402
7,818 miles from location Glendale Community College Glendale CA 16.4257 n/a 16,781
7,953 miles from location Cabrillo College Aptos CA 17.7158 n/a 15,974
7,823 miles from location Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles CA 12.531 n/a 15,968
7,891 miles from location Cosumnes River College Sacramento CA 12.3879 n/a 15,946
7,814 miles from location Cypress College Cypress CA 15.6296 n/a 15,439
7,770 miles from location San Bernardino Valley College San Bernardino CA 10.4241 n/a 14,916
7,951 miles from location Laney College Oakland CA 18.6398 n/a 13,627
7,786 miles from location MiraCosta College Oceanside CA 17.1854 n/a 13,537
7,759 miles from location Victor Valley College Victorville CA 13.9467 n/a 13,470
7,928 miles from location Cuesta College San Luis Obispo CA 15.736 n/a 12,025
7,946 miles from location Mission College Santa Clara CA 14.2259 n/a 10,954
7,826 miles from location Los Angeles Mission College Sylmar CA 11.514 n/a 10,792
7,881 miles from location Shasta College Redding CA 17.9463 n/a 10,578
7,870 miles from location Merced College Merced CA 10.9318 n/a 10,446
7,725 miles from location College of the Desert Palm Desert CA 11.9919 n/a 10,193
7,829 miles from location Los Angeles Harbor College Wilmington CA 12.7915 n/a 10,181
7,961 miles from location Monterey Peninsula College Monterey CA 13.0473 n/a 9,578
7,869 miles from location Oxnard College Oxnard CA 16.1276 n/a 8,642
7,881 miles from location Yuba College Marysville CA 12.4683 n/a 8,564
7,950 miles from location Contra Costa College San Pablo CA 14.0254 n/a 8,316
7,823 miles from location El Camino College-Compton Center Compton CA 6.2099 n/a 6,691
7,849 miles from location Columbia College Sonora CA 10.5858 n/a 3,629
7,807 miles from location Lake Tahoe Community College South Lake Tahoe CA 18.5751 n/a 3,206
7,814 miles from location Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Pasadena CA 25.7925 n/a 2,253
7,834 miles from location The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles Santa Monica CA 22.3446 96% 2,159
7,786 miles from location The Art Institute of California-San Diego San Diego CA 28.3821 99% 2,040
7,811 miles from location The Art Institute of California-Orange County Santa Ana CA 22.0401 95% 1,873
7,891 miles from location Charles A. Jones Skills and Business Education Center Sacramento CA 33.6513 n/a 1,618
7,796 miles from location Pomona Unified School District Adult and Career Education Pomona CA 31.4235 n/a 1,463
7,768 miles from location The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire San Bernardino CA 12.2161 99% 1,377
7,842 miles from location Institute of Technology Inc Clovis CA 25.1382 n/a 1,182
7,805 miles from location Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education Baldwin Park CA 0.632715 n/a 948
7,959 miles from location California Culinary Academy San Francisco CA 26.72 n/a 869
7,804 miles from location University of Antelope Valley Lancaster CA 28.4996 n/a 792
7,892 miles from location The Art Institute of California-Sacramento Sacramento CA 12.8383 98% 704
7,943 miles from location CET-Sobrato San Jose CA 31.5549 n/a 649
7,948 miles from location The Art Institute of California Sunnyvale CA 11.733 89% 504
7,823 miles from location Coast Career Institute Los Angeles CA 28.557 n/a 488
7,891 miles from location Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Sacramento CA 22.6108 n/a 477
7,720 miles from location Coachella Valley Beauty College La Quinta CA 27.7973 n/a 124
 

Curious what studying Culinary gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in California

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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