The Culinary Institute of America alumni can most commonly be found in the food service industry, the hotel industry, and the fine dining restaurant industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The majority of Culinary Institute of America alumni wind up in the restaurant industry. Very few Culinary Institute of America grads go into the full-service restaurant industry; in fact, less than five percent of alumni enter this industry. Those with an education from the Culinary Institute of America earn an average of $52K.
Graduates from this school who take the survey are more likely to be male — the male-to-female ratio is 3 to 1.
Culinary Institute of America grads who become Food and Beverage Directors are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average about $67K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Executive Chefs and Food Service Directors; their salaries approach approximately $65K and $64K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Sous Chefs — they bring in $43K.
Boston, Mass. is a hub for Culinary Institute of America graduates — a large number call this city home. It is no surprise that New York, N.Y., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $73K), is another of the most popular spots for former Culinary Institute of America students. Though Seattle, Wash. takes the cake for lowest pay among Culinary Institute of America grads (the median salary is around $60K there), it remains a common destination for former students. San Francisco, Calif. and Washington, DC are popular choices as well.
A Master of Science (MS) will compensate Culinary Institute of America grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in about $203K on average per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is an Associate of Arts (AA), Culinary Arts (approximately $35K on average annually).
Many former Culinary Institute of America students are familiar with Food Preparation, and more than two-fifths of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Culinary Institute of America grads with Budget Management experience garner salaries that are 29 percent more than other grads' salaries. Experience with Operations Management, People Management, and Inventory Management is highly valued as well.
Benefits and Perks
Only one in four survey participants for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in seven survey participants get paid sick time. A majority of respondents save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Dental insurance applies to more than half of grads, and the larger part of former students report health coverage. Other benefits awarded to Culinary Institute of America alumni include a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, free drinks, and life insurance.
Alumni of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science pick up average paychecks of $47K, which is closest to the amount made by Culinary Institute of America grads among similar schools. The United States Sports Academy, Pacific Oaks College, and Pardee RAND Graduate School are also similar to Culinary Institute of America.