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Culinary in Michigan

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Schools Offering Culinary Arts Programs in Michigan

Each year, roughly 0.2% of Michigan students graduate with degrees in culinary arts. In other words, every year an estimated 664 chefs graduate from Michigan's 16 culinary schools.

Top Schools

Michigan Career and Technical Institute, which was ranked 55th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Michigan that has a culinary program. It is located in Plainwell. In 2010, Michigan Career and Technical Institute graduated 39 students from its culinary program. Tuition at Michigan Career and Technical Institute was $4,050 per year.

The second-ranked school in Michigan that has a culinary program is Ferris State University. Ferris State University, which was ranked 71st in the country in 2010, is located in Big Rapids. 10 students graduated with degree in culinary from Ferris State University in 2010. The tuition rate at Ferris State University was $9,930 per year.

The third-ranked school in Michigan that has a culinary program is Monroe County Community College. Monroe County Community College, which was ranked 84th in the country in 2010, is located in Monroe. In 2010, Monroe County Community College graduated 21 students from its culinary programs. Tuition at Monroe County Community College was $2,390 per year.


Culinary schools in Michigan, charge students an average tuition of $5,208 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $17,401 per year, or as little as $2,088 per year. In 2010, the culinary schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Michigan were:

  1. Dorsey Business Schools-Roseville Culinary Academy - located in Roseville, students are charged $17,401 per year
  2. The Art Institute of Michigan - located in Novi, students are charged $17,388 per year
  3. Ferris State University - located in Big Rapids, students are charged $9,930 per year

The lowest tuition rates at Michigan culinary schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Washtenaw Community College - located in Ann Arbor, students are charged $2,088 per year
  2. Henry Ford Community College - located in Dearborn, students are charged $2,104 per year
  3. Oakland Community College - located in Bloomfield Hills, students are charged $2,106 per year

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

The highest percentage of culinary graduates in Michigan pursue careers as a chef. Michigan had 1,820 chefs in 2010. The following counties have the largest number of Michigan chefs:

  1. Wayne County - 340 chefs
  2. Lapeer County - 320 chefs
  3. Clinton County - 160 chefs

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of chefs in Michigan will shrink by -1%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 3,450 chefs working in Michigan.


On average, a chef earns a salary of $42,460 per year in Michigan state. However, Michigan chefs earned anywhere in the range from as less than $21,430 per year to more than $92,850 per year in 2010. A chef in the following Michigan counties makes the highest salaries on average:

  1. Washtenaw County - $57,050 per year
  2. Calhoun County - $51,380 per year
  3. Saginaw County - $47,980 per year

A chef in the following counties in Michigan make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Genesee County - $32,740 per year
  2. Bay County - $34,910 per year
  3. Kalamazoo County - $35,490 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in culinary arts in Michigan and to compare salaries with various related fields such as pastry or culinary, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

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

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

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Cooks, Restaurant 30,780 $22,030 31.6%
Cooks, Fast Food 18,790 $18,540 -12.0%
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 10,350 $25,660 3.2%
Cooks, Short Order 5,250 $20,680 -42.8%
Chefs and Head Cooks 1,820 $42,460 -56.6%

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