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2021 Highest Paid Culinary Arts Graduates

679 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,635 Avg Salary
$35,148 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Culinary Arts GraduatesOut of the 338 majors we analyze each year, culinary arts was ranked #182. In fact, 679 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Highest Paid Culinary Arts Graduates ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

This year's Highest Paid Culinary Arts Graduates ranking looked at 15 colleges that offer a bachelor's in culinary arts.

The numbers used in this ranking are early career salaries, which we define to be 10 years after a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

How Much Do Culinary Arts Majors Make After Graduation?

The average culinary arts major who graduates from a school in the United States earns about $28,635 per year during the early years of their career. That's not so great, since it is 28% less than the national average salary of a typical bachelor's degree holder. However, graduates from the schools in this list may make more.

Average Salary for Culinary Arts Graduates from Schools Nationwide  28,635
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Culinary Arts Grads in United States

The highest paid culinary arts majors graduate from the following colleges and universities.

Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Culinary Arts Graduates

#1

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Drexel is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia.

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Southern New Hampshire University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid culinary arts school. SNHU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Manchester. Students who receive their bachelor's in culinary arts from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $31,500.

On average, culinary arts graduates from SNHU take out $23,171 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $259.

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Our rankings recognize The Art Institute of Atlanta as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Atlanta, Ai Atlanta is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in culinary arts from the school is $29,100.

After completing their bachelor's degree, culinary arts graduates from Ai Atlanta carry an average student debtload of $35,820. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $404.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Nevada - Las Vegas. Located in the city of Las Vegas, UNLV is a public college with a very large student population.

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The Art Institute of Virginia Beach landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid culinary arts school. Located in the large city of Virginia Beach, AiVA is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in culinary arts from the school is $29,100.

On average, culinary arts graduates from AiVA take out $35,820 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $404.

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Our rankings recognize Texas Woman's University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. TWU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Denton.

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#4

College of the Ozarks

Point Lookout, MO

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to College of the Ozarks. Located in the distant town of Point Lookout, Hard Work U is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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AI Miami International University of Art and Design comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Miami, International Fine Arts College is a private for-profit college with a small student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, culinary arts majors make an average salary of $28,900.

Culinary Arts majors at International Fine Arts College take out an average of $32,792 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $357.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Johnson & Wales University - Denver. JWU Denver is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Denver. Students who receive their bachelor's in culinary arts from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $28,200.

The average amount in student loans that culinary arts majors at JWU Denver take out while working on their bachelor's is $17,861. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $145.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Pennsylvania College of Technology. Located in the small city of Williamsport, Penn College is a public school with a small student population.

After completing their bachelor's degree, culinary arts graduates from Penn College carry an average student debtload of $26,851. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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Great Lakes

One of 3 majors within the Personal & Culinary Services area of study, Culinary Arts has other similar majors worth exploring.

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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