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Associate Degrees in Culinary Arts

7,304 Yearly Graduations
$24,700 Median Salary
$18,000 Median Debt
There are 427 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer an associate degree in culinary arts. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 47% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 4.5% of culinary arts graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Culinary Arts Majors

In 2019-2020, 7,304 earned their associate degree in culinary arts. This earns it the #5 spot on the list of the most popular associate 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
Undergraduate Certificate 7,563
Associate Degree 7,304
Basic Certificate 6,431
Bachelor’s Degree 588

Earnings of Culinary Arts Majors With Associate Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate degree in culinary arts is $24,700. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses. 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 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 degree in culinary arts. About 60.3% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 2,898
Women 4,406
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The racial-ethnic distribution of culinary arts associate degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 340
Black or African American 1,415
Hispanic or Latino 1,350
White 3,243
International Students 332
Other Races/Ethnicities 624
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There are 427 colleges that offer an associate 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
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for culinary arts students seekingan associate degree is Culinary Institute of America. Roughly 3,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $32,000 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $22,666 per year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 923 people received their associate degree in culinary arts from The Culinary Institute of America. About 52% of this group were women, and 28% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Johnson & Wales University - Providence

Providence, Rhode Island
493 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johnson & Wales University - Providence is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate degree in culinary arts. Each year, around 5,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $34,376 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,148 per year. The culinary arts program at Johnson & Wales University - Providence awarded 493 associate degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. About 60% of this group were women, and 28% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
324 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate 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 $34,376 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,148 per year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 324 people received their associate degree in culinary arts from JWU Charlotte. Of these students, 73% were women and 53% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
231 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

ECPI University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate degrees in culinary arts. Roughly 14,300 attend the school each year. 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 2019-2020 academic year, 231 people received their associate degree in culinary arts from ECPI University. About 57% of this group were women, and 55% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Stratford University

Fairfax, Virginia
167 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
78% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Stratford University is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate degree in culinary arts. Each year, around 1,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 2019-2020 academic year, 167 people received their associate degree in culinary arts from Stratford University. Of these students, 62% were women and 78% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

156 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johnson & Wales University - Denver is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate degree in culinary arts. Each year, around 300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $34,376 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,148 per year. The culinary arts program at Johnson & Wales University - Denver awarded 156 associate degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. About 55% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Sullivan University

Louisville, Kentucky
143 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Sullivan University is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate degree in culinary arts. Each year, around 3,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,840 per year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 143 people received their associate degree in culinary arts from Sullivan University. Of these students, 56% were women and 16% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

130 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
65% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their associate degree is Johnson & Wales University - North Miami. Each year, around 600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $34,376 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,148 per year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 130 people received their associate degree in culinary arts from JWU North Miami. Of these students, 64% were women and 65% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Culinary Institute Inc

Houston, Texas
118 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
65% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their associate degree is Culinary Institute Inc. Each year, around 300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 118 people received their associate degree in culinary arts from Culinary Institute LeNotre. Of these students, 60% were women and 65% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Monroe College

Bronx, New York
106 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
85% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Monroe College comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate degrees in culinary arts. Roughly 6,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,796 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,070 per year. The culinary arts program at Monroe College awarded 106 associate degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. Around 85% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#11

National Louis University

Chicago, Illinois
92 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

National Louis University is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate degree in culinary arts. Roughly 7,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,419 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,646 per year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 92 associate degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at NLU. Of these students, 45% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

84 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Boulder is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate degree in culinary arts. Each year, around 7,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 84 associate degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at Escoffier - Boulder. About 38% of this group were women, and 41% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Kapiolani Community College

Honolulu, Hawaii
78 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
84% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kapiolani Community College is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate degree in culinary arts. Each year, around 6,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The culinary arts program at Kapiolani Community College awarded 78 associate degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. Around 84% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 44% were women.

78 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Austin comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate degrees in culinary arts. Each year, around 600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 78 people received their associate degree in culinary arts from Escoffier - Austin. Around 62% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 48% were women.

#16

Niagara County Community College

Sanborn, New York
69 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their associate degree is Niagara County Community College. Roughly 4,300 attend the school each year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 69 associate degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at Niagara County Community College. About 63% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Baker College

Owosso, Michigan
69 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Baker College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate degrees in culinary arts. Roughly 6,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,960 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,510 per year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 69 associate degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at Baker College. About 56% of this group were women, and 12% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

The Art Institute of Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia
64 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their associate degree is The Art Institute of Atlanta. Roughly 800 attend the school each year. The culinary arts program at The Art Institute of Atlanta awarded 64 associate degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. Around 75% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#19

St Philip's College

San Antonio, Texas
63 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
87% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

St Philip's College is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate degree in culinary arts. Each year, around 12,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 63 associate degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at St Philip's College. About 79% of this group were women, and 87% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Valencia College

Orlando, Florida
62 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their associate degree is Valencia College. Roughly 45,900 attend the school each year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 62 associate degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at Valencia College. Of these students, 78% were women and 61% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Culinary Arts Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Chef Training 4,189
Baking & Pastry Arts 1,394
General Cooking & Culinary Arts 916
Restaurant & Catering Management 635
Institutional Food Workers 74

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Funeral & Mortuary Science 1,398
Cosmetology 992
Other Personal & Culinary Services 3

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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