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Associate’s Degrees in Culinary Arts

9,185 Yearly Graduations
$24,700 Median Salary
$18,000 Median Debt
An associate's degree in culinary arts is offered at 427 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 46% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 4.6% of culinary arts graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Culinary Arts Majors

In 2018-2019, 9,185 earned their associate's degree in culinary arts. This earns it the #5 spot on the list of the most popular associate's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in culinary arts at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 9,185
Undergraduate Certificate 8,562
Basic Certificate 8,217
Bachelor’s Degree 679

Earnings of Culinary Arts Majors With Associate’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in culinary arts is $24,700. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $22,900 to a high of $25,750.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in culinary arts is $18,000. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $22,916 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $12,000.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $187.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate's degree in culinary arts. About 60.1% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,664
Women 5,521
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degrees in Culinary Arts

The racial-ethnic distribution of culinary arts associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 459
Black or African American 1,662
Hispanic or Latino 1,659
White 4,122
International Students 424
Other Races/Ethnicities 859
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Culinary Arts Associate's Degree Students

There are 427 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in culinary arts. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Culinary Institute of America

Hyde Park, New York
923 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Culinary Institute of America tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for culinary arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree. Each year, around 3,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,080 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,153 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 923 associate's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at The Culinary Institute of America. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 52% were women.

#2

Johnson & Wales University - Providence

Providence, Rhode Island
493 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johnson & Wales University - Providence comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in culinary arts. Roughly 6,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $33,054 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,734 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 493 associate's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at JWU Providence. Of these students, 63% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
324 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in culinary arts. Each year, around 1,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The culinary arts program at Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte awarded 324 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 53% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 66% were women.

#4

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
231 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

ECPI University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in culinary arts. Each year, around 13,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,584 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,960 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 231 people received their associate's degree in culinary arts from ECPI University. Around 55% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 54% were women.

#5

Stratford University

Fairfax, Virginia
167 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
74% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Stratford University. Roughly 2,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,980 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,368 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 167 people received their associate's degree in culinary arts from Stratford University. Of these students, 63% were women and 74% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

156 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Johnson & Wales University - Denver. Roughly 900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $33,054 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,734 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 156 associate's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at JWU Denver. Of these students, 69% were women and 44% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Sullivan University

Louisville, Kentucky
143 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Sullivan University is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in culinary arts. Roughly 3,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,520 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,160 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 143 associate's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at Sullivan University. About 52% of this group were women, and 23% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

130 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johnson & Wales University - North Miami comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in culinary arts. Each year, around 1,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $33,054 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,734 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 130 people received their associate's degree in culinary arts from JWU North Miami. Around 62% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 66% were women.

#9

Culinary Institute Inc

Houston, Texas
118 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
76% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Culinary Institute Inc comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in culinary arts. Each year, around 300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 118 people received their associate's degree in culinary arts from Culinary Institute LeNotre. About 65% of this group were women, and 76% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

Monroe College

Bronx, New York
106 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Monroe College. Roughly 6,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,760 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,624 per year.

The culinary arts program at Monroe College awarded 106 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 64% of this group were women, and 91% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

National Louis University

Chicago, Illinois
92 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

National Louis University is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in culinary arts. Each year, around 7,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,646 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 92 associate's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at NLU. Of these students, 64% were women and 23% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

84 Yearly Graduations
29% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Boulder is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in culinary arts. Roughly 3,600 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 84 associate's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at Escoffier - Boulder. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 29% were women.

#13

Kapiolani Community College

Honolulu, Hawaii
78 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
82% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kapiolani Community College comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in culinary arts. Each year, around 6,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The culinary arts program at Kapiolani Community College awarded 78 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 82% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

78 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
65% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Austin comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in culinary arts. Roughly 500 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 78 people received their associate's degree in culinary arts from Escoffier - Austin. Of these students, 54% were women and 65% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Bradford School

Columbus, Ohio
75 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Bradford School comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in culinary arts. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The culinary arts program at Bradford School awarded 75 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 59% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Niagara County Community College

Sanborn, New York
69 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Niagara County Community College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in culinary arts. Each year, around 4,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The culinary arts program at Niagara County Community College awarded 69 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 30% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#16

Baker College

Owosso, Michigan
69 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Baker College. Each year, around 7,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,510 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 69 associate's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at Baker College. About 61% of this group were women, and 19% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

The Art Institute of Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia
64 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Art Institute of Atlanta is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in culinary arts. Roughly 900 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 64 associate's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at Ai Atlanta. Of these students, 58% were women and 75% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

St Philip's College

San Antonio, Texas
63 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
90% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

St Philip's College is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in culinary arts. Each year, around 12,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The culinary arts program at St Philip's College awarded 63 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 56% of this group were women, and 90% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Valencia College

Orlando, Florida
62 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Valencia College comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in culinary arts. Each year, around 47,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The culinary arts program at Valencia College awarded 62 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 65% of this group were women, and 52% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Culinary Arts Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Chef Training 5,376
Baking & Pastry Arts 1,860
General Cooking & Culinary Arts 1,045
Restaurant & Catering Management 686
Other Culinary Arts 121

Below are some popular majors that are similar to culinary arts that offer associate’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Funeral & Mortuary Science 1,286
Cosmetology 940
Other Personal & Culinary Services 2

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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