Culinary in Iowa

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Schools Offering Culinary Arts Programs in Iowa


Each year, approximately 0.1% of Iowa graduates receive degrees in culinary arts. That means an estimated 113 chefs graduate from Iowa's 5 culinary schools each year.

Top Schools

Iowa Central Community College, which was ranked 79th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Iowa that has a culinary program. It is located in Fort Dodge. In 2010, 7 students graduated from Iowa Central Community College's culinary program. Iowa Central Community College charged in-state students $3,990 in tuition fees per year.

Des Moines Area Community College, which is located in Ankeny, is the second-ranked school in Iowa that has a culinary program. It received a ranking of 80th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 42 students graduated from Des Moines Area Community College culinary program. Tuition at Des Moines Area Community College was $3,750 per year.

Indian Hills Community College, which was ranked 80th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Iowa that has a culinary program. It is located in Ottumwa. In 2010, 9 students graduated from Indian Hills Community College culinary program. The tuition rate at Indian Hills Community College was $3,120 per year.

Cost

Culinary schools in Iowa, charge students an average tuition of $3,588 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $3,990 per year, or as little as $3,120 per year. In 2010, the following Iowa culinary schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Iowa Central Community College - located in Fort Dodge, students are charged $3,990 per year
  2. Des Moines Area Community College - located in Ankeny, students are charged $3,750 per year
  3. Eastern Iowa Community College District - located in Davenport, students are charged $3,540 per year

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

  1. Indian Hills Community College - located in Ottumwa, students are charged $3,120 per year
  2. Eastern Iowa Community College District - located in Davenport, students are charged $3,540 per year
  3. Kirkwood Community College - located in Cedar Rapids, students are charged $3,540 per year

A culinary degree from an Iowa school... what next?

The highest percentage of culinary graduates in Iowa pursue careers as a chef. If you decide to work as a chef in Iowa, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 490 Iowa chefs as of 2010. The largest populations of Iowa chefs are working in the following counties:

  1. Scott County - 110 chefs
  2. Appanoose County - 50 chefs
  3. Dallas County - 50 chefs

Salary

On average, chefs earn $36,740 per year. In 2010, however, some Iowa chefs earned as little as less than $24,900 per year or as much as more than $70,680 per year. The counties in Iowa with the highest average salary for a chef are:

  1. Dallas County - $44,520 per year
  2. Scott County - $43,740 per year
  3. Appanoose County - $39,040 per year

The Iowa counties with the lowest average salary for chefs are:

  1. Story County - $35,890 per year
  2. Appanoose County - $39,040 per year
  3. Scott County - $43,740 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Iowa 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 Iowa
  • Certificate in Culinary Arts in Iowa

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
6,411 miles from location Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny IA 20.0292 n/a 22,324
6,310 miles from location Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids IA 15.8032 n/a 18,254
6,255 miles from location Eastern Iowa Community College District Davenport IA 17.5378 n/a 8,480
6,439 miles from location Iowa Central Community College Fort Dodge IA 21.4451 n/a 5,905
6,350 miles from location Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa IA 19.8417 n/a 5,137
 

Curious what studying Culinary gets you?

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

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Cooks, Restaurant + 10,000 $19,620 12.4%
2
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria + 7,170 $22,320 -5.3%
3
Cooks, Fast Food + 4,240 $17,230 -48.6%
4
Cooks, Short Order + 1,730 $19,230 -32.2%
5
Chefs and Head Cooks + 490 $36,740 -37.2%
 

Got your degree? Time to find a job!

Below are culinary related jobs in Iowa