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Culinary Arts Schools in California

2,360 students earned Culinary Arts degrees in California in the 2018-2019 year.

As a degree choice, Culinary Arts is the 11th most popular major in the state.

Gender Distribution

In California, a culinary arts major is more popular with women than with men.

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Racial Distribution

The racial distribution of culinary arts majors in California is as follows:

  • Asian: 11.3%
  • Black or African American: 8.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 40.7%
  • White: 28.2%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 2.4%
  • Other Races: 9.0%
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Jobs for Culinary Arts Grads in California

There are 469,020 people in the state and 4,290,110 people in the nation working in culinary arts jobs.

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Wages for Culinary Arts Jobs in California

In this state, culinary arts grads earn an average of $34,450. Nationwide, they make an average of $33,210.

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There are 60 colleges in California that offer culinary arts degrees. Learn about the most popular 11 below:

166 Degrees in Major Awarded
10,128 Total Students

This public school has an average net price of $8,501. 79% of students get financical aid. The student to faculty ratio is 29 to 1.

#2

Cypress College

Cypress
155 Degrees in Major Awarded
15,679 Total Students

70% of students are awarded financial aid at this school. Grads earn an average early-career salary of $27,100 after earning their degree at this institution. Students enjoy a student to faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

145 Degrees in Major Awarded
13,094 Total Students

The student to faculty ratio is 24 to 1. Grads earn an average early-career salary of $20,400 after earning their degree at this institution. Students who attend this public school pay an average net price of $7,376.

137 Degrees in Major Awarded
114 Total Students

The student to faculty ratio is 4 to 1. This school boasts a lower than average student loan default rate of 5.20%.

118 Degrees in Major Awarded

This school boasts a lower than average student loan default rate of 9.10%. Roughly six years after entering college, graduates of this school earn $30,200 a year. 44% of students are awarded financial aid at this school.

#6

Grossmont College

El Cajon
98 Degrees in Major Awarded
16,958 Total Students

Grads earn an average early-career salary of $24,900 after earning their degree at this institution. The student to faculty ratio is 24 to 1. This public school has an average net price of $2,908.

89 Degrees in Major Awarded
19,101 Total Students

A typical student attending SRJC will pay a net price of $6,229. The 8.50% student loan default rate is lower than average. 21 to 1 is the student to faculty ratio.

89 Degrees in Major Awarded
11,911 Total Students

37 to 1 is the student to faculty ratio. Graduates earn an average $26,700 after graduation. This public college charges it's students an average net price of $3,739.

#9

Orange Coast College

Costa Mesa
78 Degrees in Major Awarded
20,042 Total Students

Students enjoy a student to faculty ratio of 28 to 1. This school boasts a lower than average student loan default rate of 9.20%. Students who attend this public school pay an average net price of $4,225.

70 Degrees in Major Awarded
21,118 Total Students

Students who attend this public school pay an average net price of $6,033. Students enjoy a student to faculty ratio of 27 to 1. 83% of students are awarded financial aid at this school.

70 Degrees in Major Awarded
1,310 Total Students

Students enjoy a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. 49% of the teachers are full time. Students who attend this private institution pay an average net price of $26,940.

Culinary Arts Careers in CA

Some of the careers culinary arts majors go into include:

Job Title CA Job Growth CA Median Salary
Restaurant Cooks 18% $29,130
Food Preparation and Serving Worker Supervisors 14% $32,590
Chefs and Head Cooks 14% $46,360
Food Service Managers 14% $52,830
Bartenders 13% $25,670
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks 13% $33,720
Bakers 12% $28,420
Cooks 10% $31,800
Butchers and Meat Cutters 9% $31,320
Slaughterers and Meat Packers 4% $27,970
Private Cooks 0% $39,370

Below are some popular majors in the state that are similar to culinary arts.

Major Annual Graduates in CA
Cosmetology 14,022
Other Personal & Culinary Services 83
Funeral & Mortuary Science 81

View all majors related to Culinary Arts

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