The food service industry, the retirement community industry, and clinical care are just a few of the areas in which the Culinary Institute of America grads find work. The most popular field is the restaurant industry. The fine dining restaurant industry is perhaps the least commonly worked industry among Culinary Institute of America grads, with less than ten percent of former students experienced in this area. Graduates of the Culinary Institute of America earn $46K on average.
Male graduates of Culinary Institute of America out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $55K versus about $34K for women.
The biggest paychecks among Culinary Institute of America alumni are earned by Executive Chefs — these former students make an average around $68K per year.
A large number of students head to Portland, Ore. after college.
Culinary Institute of America grads who hold a Bachelor's Degree can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average approximately $50K per year. Those holding an Associate's Degree are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $43K on average per year.
For Culinary Institute of America grads, proficiency in Operations Management warrants a paycheck that is 62 percent more than other alumni salaries. People Management is a popular skill among Culinary Institute of America alumni, with half of grads reporting using it on the job. Food Preparation, Training, and Menu Planning are desirable skills as well.
Benefits and Perks
Some students — approximately half of the survey participants — are paid for vacation time as well as sick leave. The larger part of former students set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. More than half of former students enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a little less than half of the former students receive dental plans, too. Culinary Institute of America grads also enjoy benefits like a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and a casual working environment.
Among alumni of similar schools, Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science grads (who make an average of $44K) earn salaries most similar to Culinary Institute of America alumni. Other schools similar to Culinary Institute of America include the United States Sports Academy, Pacific Oaks College, and Pardee RAND Graduate School.