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Culinary Schools in Illinois

There are 22 schools in the state of Illinois offering culinary programs. 1,710 students graduated with degrees from Illinois culinary schools in 2010. 872 of all these students graduated with associates degrees and 777 of all these students graduated with certificates.

Overview

1,574 students graduate from culinary programs in Illinois, on average, every year. This accounts for 5% of culinary students who US schools graduate. More specifically, 777 students graduated with certificates in culinary arts, 872 with an associate's level degree, and 61 with a degree at the bachelor's level.

22 culinary schools are in Illinois. And out of these, 17 schools are public, while five schools are private. Tuition at a private culinary school varies from $8,400 to $20,100.

Average tuition for culinary programs is $16,819. The highest tuition for programs in culinary arts, which is $20,100 each year, is at the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, while the lowest tuition in Illinois is at Saint Augustine College.

Culinary schools in this state offer certificates, associates degrees, and bachelors degrees. No culinary students at the undergraduate level pursued degrees at the masters level.

Culinary Program Completions in Illinois 2006 - 2010

1,574 students graduate from culinary programs in Illinois, on average, every year. This accounts for 5% of culinary students who US schools graduate. More specifically, 777 students graduated with certificates in culinary arts, 872 with an associate's level degree, and 61 with a degree at the bachelor's level.

Culinary Program Completions in Illinois 2006 - 2010

  • Certificate 2006: 249
  • Certificate 2007: 267
  • Certificate 2008: 438
  • Certificate 2009: 498
  • Certificate 2010: 777
  • Associate 2006: 979
  • Associate 2007: 927
  • Associate 2008: 955
  • Associate 2009: 909
  • Associate 2010: 872
  • Bachelor 2006: 11
  • Bachelor 2007: 20
  • Bachelor 2008: 46
  • Bachelor 2009: 58
  • Bachelor 2010: 61

Culinary Program Availability in Illinois

Schools in this midwestern state offer a total of 53 programs in culinary arts. Of these programs, close to 52.8% are certificate level programs. The remaining programs are degrees at the associates level and the bachelors level.

Culinary Program Availability in Illinois

  • Certificate: 28
  • Associate: 23
  • Bachelor: 2

Personal Chefs — Salary by Percentile

Personal Chefs — Salary by Percentile

  • 10th Percentile:
  • 25th Percentile:
  • Median: 22850
  • 75th Percentile:
  • 90th Percentile:

Cooks, All Other — Salary by Percentile

Cooks, All Other — Salary by Percentile

  • 10th Percentile: 18320
  • 25th Percentile: 20170
  • Median: 23410
  • 75th Percentile: 29430
  • 90th Percentile: 35620

Short Order Cooks — Salary by Percentile

Short Order Cooks — Salary by Percentile

  • 10th Percentile: 17610
  • 25th Percentile: 18380
  • Median: 19840
  • 75th Percentile: 22870
  • 90th Percentile: 26830

Food Preparation Workers — Salary by Percentile

Food Preparation Workers — Salary by Percentile

  • 10th Percentile: 17400
  • 25th Percentile: 17990
  • Median: 18980
  • 75th Percentile: 21210
  • 90th Percentile: 25300

Food Servers, Nonrestaurant — Salary by Percentile

Food Servers, Nonrestaurant — Salary by Percentile

  • 10th Percentile: 17480
  • 25th Percentile: 18110
  • Median: 19140
  • 75th Percentile: 21890
  • 90th Percentile: 24880

First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers — Salary by Percentile

First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers — Salary by Percentile

  • 10th Percentile: 19730
  • 25th Percentile: 23220
  • Median: 29600
  • 75th Percentile: 38570
  • 90th Percentile: 49920

Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other — Salary by Percentile

Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other — Salary by Percentile

  • 10th Percentile: 17470
  • 25th Percentile: 18120
  • Median: 19210
  • 75th Percentile: 24010
  • 90th Percentile: 33440

Chefs and Head Cooks — Salary by Percentile

Chefs and Head Cooks — Salary by Percentile

  • 10th Percentile: 18380
  • 25th Percentile: 20180
  • Median: 32300
  • 75th Percentile: 46180
  • 90th Percentile: 66110

Fast Food Cooks — Salary by Percentile

Fast Food Cooks — Salary by Percentile

  • 10th Percentile: 17280
  • 25th Percentile: 17770
  • Median: 18580
  • 75th Percentile: 19440
  • 90th Percentile: 22040

Food Batchmakers — Salary by Percentile

Food Batchmakers — Salary by Percentile

  • 10th Percentile: 18890
  • 25th Percentile: 21860
  • Median: 26930
  • 75th Percentile: 33610
  • 90th Percentile: 42010

Restaurant Cooks — Salary by Percentile

Restaurant Cooks — Salary by Percentile

  • 10th Percentile: 17670
  • 25th Percentile: 18460
  • Median: 20590
  • 75th Percentile: 25110
  • 90th Percentile: 29630

Institution and Cafeteria Cooks — Salary by Percentile

Institution and Cafeteria Cooks — Salary by Percentile

  • 10th Percentile: 17680
  • 25th Percentile: 18830
  • Median: 22140
  • 75th Percentile: 27460
  • 90th Percentile: 33780

Personal Chefs — Employment Trend

Personal Chefs — Employment Trend

  • Median Salary 2006: 20610
  • Median Salary 2007: 21400
  • Median Salary 2008: 22085
  • Median Salary 2009: 22685
  • Median Salary 2010: 22850
  • Total Employed 2006: 40
  • Total Employed 2007: 40
  • Total Employed 2008: 40
  • Total Employed 2009: 40
  • Total Employed 2010: 40

Short Order Cooks — Employment Trend

Short Order Cooks — Employment Trend

  • Median Salary 2006: 17770
  • Median Salary 2007: 18590
  • Median Salary 2008: 19190
  • Median Salary 2009: 19340
  • Median Salary 2010: 19840
  • Total Employed 2006: 7630
  • Total Employed 2007: 7110
  • Total Employed 2008: 5940
  • Total Employed 2009: 4740
  • Total Employed 2010: 5600

Food Preparation Workers — Employment Trend

Food Preparation Workers — Employment Trend

  • Median Salary 2006: 16600
  • Median Salary 2007: 17830
  • Median Salary 2008: 18710
  • Median Salary 2009: 19270
  • Median Salary 2010: 18980
  • Total Employed 2006: 47150
  • Total Employed 2007: 49830
  • Total Employed 2008: 48910
  • Total Employed 2009: 41260
  • Total Employed 2010: 37340

Food Servers, Nonrestaurant — Employment Trend

Food Servers, Nonrestaurant — Employment Trend

  • Median Salary 2006: 16950
  • Median Salary 2007: 17330
  • Median Salary 2008: 18470
  • Median Salary 2009: 18900
  • Median Salary 2010: 19140
  • Total Employed 2006: 7760
  • Total Employed 2007: 8040
  • Total Employed 2008: 8590
  • Total Employed 2009: 8340
  • Total Employed 2010: 9290

Cooks, All Other — Employment Trend

Cooks, All Other — Employment Trend

  • Median Salary 2006: 19970
  • Median Salary 2007: 23130
  • Median Salary 2008: 26490
  • Median Salary 2009: 24620
  • Median Salary 2010: 23410
  • Total Employed 2006: 1180
  • Total Employed 2007: 1280
  • Total Employed 2008: 1440
  • Total Employed 2009: 1750
  • Total Employed 2010: 2060

First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers — Employment Trend

First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers — Employment Trend

  • Median Salary 2006: 29940
  • Median Salary 2007: 30190
  • Median Salary 2008: 30150
  • Median Salary 2009: 30190
  • Median Salary 2010: 29600
  • Total Employed 2006: 26260
  • Total Employed 2007: 27620
  • Total Employed 2008: 30260
  • Total Employed 2009: 29800
  • Total Employed 2010: 28300

Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other — Employment Trend

Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other — Employment Trend

  • Median Salary 2006: 16460
  • Median Salary 2007: 17810
  • Median Salary 2008: 19440
  • Median Salary 2009: 18820
  • Median Salary 2010: 19210
  • Total Employed 2006: 7270
  • Total Employed 2007: 6950
  • Total Employed 2008: 6780
  • Total Employed 2009: 6980
  • Total Employed 2010: 6930

Chefs and Head Cooks — Employment Trend

Chefs and Head Cooks — Employment Trend

  • Median Salary 2006: 28580
  • Median Salary 2007: 32990
  • Median Salary 2008: 32150
  • Median Salary 2009: 33410
  • Median Salary 2010: 32300
  • Total Employed 2006: 5500
  • Total Employed 2007: 4750
  • Total Employed 2008: 5830
  • Total Employed 2009: 5230
  • Total Employed 2010: 4940

Fast Food Cooks — Employment Trend

Fast Food Cooks — Employment Trend

  • Median Salary 2006: 14930
  • Median Salary 2007: 15950
  • Median Salary 2008: 16870
  • Median Salary 2009: 17880
  • Median Salary 2010: 18580
  • Total Employed 2006: 29390
  • Total Employed 2007: 27070
  • Total Employed 2008: 27840
  • Total Employed 2009: 28750
  • Total Employed 2010: 29570

Food Batchmakers — Employment Trend

Food Batchmakers — Employment Trend

  • Median Salary 2006: 25870
  • Median Salary 2007: 24750
  • Median Salary 2008: 22510
  • Median Salary 2009: 23640
  • Median Salary 2010: 26930
  • Total Employed 2006: 6650
  • Total Employed 2007: 6580
  • Total Employed 2008: 5770
  • Total Employed 2009: 5320
  • Total Employed 2010: 4990

Restaurant Cooks — Employment Trend

Restaurant Cooks — Employment Trend

  • Median Salary 2006: 17190
  • Median Salary 2007: 18550
  • Median Salary 2008: 21140
  • Median Salary 2009: 20990
  • Median Salary 2010: 20590
  • Total Employed 2006: 37740
  • Total Employed 2007: 37580
  • Total Employed 2008: 31300
  • Total Employed 2009: 31420
  • Total Employed 2010: 31490

Institution and Cafeteria Cooks — Employment Trend

Institution and Cafeteria Cooks — Employment Trend

  • Median Salary 2006: 20500
  • Median Salary 2007: 21720
  • Median Salary 2008: 22490
  • Median Salary 2009: 22640
  • Median Salary 2010: 22140
  • Total Employed 2006: 15920
  • Total Employed 2007: 15490
  • Total Employed 2008: 15460
  • Total Employed 2009: 15000
  • Total Employed 2010: 14430

Illinois vs National Culinary Employment

Illinois vs National Culinary Employment

  • Employed in Illinois: 4.353% (174980)

Culinary Schools in Illinois

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1. John Wood Community College

1301 S 48th Street
Quincy, IL 62305-8736
(217) 224-6500

John Wood Community College, which is near Quincy, is located in a rural area. This college offers two culinary programs. More specifically, students are offered one culinary certificate by it and one degree at the associate's level in culinary arts. This community college is one of 46 community colleges in Illinois.

2. The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago

350 N Orleans St
Chicago, IL 60654-1593
(312) 280-3500

The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago offers three culinary programs. Out of those, AI-Illinois offers one certificate in culinary arts to students, one associate's level culinary arts degree, and one bachelor's level degree in culinary arts. It is 0.8 miles from the center of the city. In terms of programs, this specialized school is the fifth largest institution in the state of Illinois offering culinary arts.

3. Danville Area Community College

2000 E Main St
Danville, IL 61832-5118
(217) 443-3222

Danville Area Community College is 2.1 miles from the heart of downtown and it offers one program in culinary arts. It is a public 2-year institution.

4. Kendall College

900 N. North Branch St.
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 752-2000

Kendall College, which is 1.8 miles from the heart of downtown, is in Chicago, IL. It offers four culinary programs. Out of those, this school offers students one culinary certificate, two associate's level culinary arts degrees, and one bachelor's level culinary arts degree. This school is the sixth oldest institution in the state of Illinois offering programs in culinary arts.

5. Saint Augustine College

1333-45 W Argyle
Chicago, IL 60640-3593
(773) 878-8756

Saint Augustine College, which is 6.7 miles from the heart of downtown, is in Chicago, IL. SAC offers two culinary programs. Specifically, students are offered one certificate in culinary arts by this school and one degree at the associate's level in culinary arts.

6. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - Chicago

361 W Chestnut
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 944-0882

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Chicago is 1.4 miles from the heart of downtown. It offers three culinary programs. Of those, this small school offers students one culinary certificate and two associate's level degrees in culinary arts. Le Cordon Bleu is a for-profit 2-year institution.

7. The College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599
(630) 942-2800

The College of DuPage is located in the suburbs of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. This college offers four culinary programs. Of those, this college offers students two certificates in culinary arts and two culinary degrees at the associate's level. This public college is a public 2-year institution.

8. Elgin Community College

1700 Spartan Drive
Elgin, IL 60123-7193
(847) 697-1000

Elgin Community College is 2.5 miles from the heart of downtown. This college offers six culinary programs. Specifically, this college offers three culinary certificates to students and three degrees at the associate's level in culinary arts. This community college is one of 46 community colleges in Illinois.

9. Kaskaskia College

27210 College Rd
Centralia, IL 62801
(618) 545-3000

Kaskaskia College is in Centralia, Illinois, where students can enjoy a rural setting. It offers two culinary programs. Out of those, students are offered one culinary certificate by it and one degree at the associate's level in culinary arts. It is one of 46 community colleges in Illinois.

10. Southwestern Illinois College

2500 Carlyle Ave
Belleville, IL 62221-5899
(618) 235-2700

Southwestern Illinois College is located in Belleville, Illinois, where students can enjoy a rural setting. It offers two programs in culinary arts. Of those, it offers students one culinary certificate and one culinary degree at the associate's level. This school is a public 2-year institution. This school is the tenth oldest institution in the state of Illinois offering programs in culinary arts.

11. Triton College

2000 5th Ave
River Grove, IL 60171-1995
(708) 456-0300x3130

Triton College offers three programs in culinary arts. Specifically, it offers two culinary certificates to students and one culinary degree at the associate's level. It is located in the suburbs of River Grove, Illinois. It is a public 2-year institution. This community college is the eighth largest institution in the state of Illinois offering culinary arts in terms of programs.

12. McHenry County College

8900 US Hwy 14
Crystal Lake, IL 60012-2761
(815) 455-3700

McHenry County College, which is very close to Crystal Lake, Illinois, is in a rural area and it offers one program in culinary arts. This public college is a public 2-year institution.

13. Lincoln Land Community College

5250 Shepherd Rd
Springfield, IL 62794-9256
(217) 786-2200

Lincoln Land Community College offers two programs in culinary arts. Students are offered two culinary certificates by it. This community college, which is near the heart of downtown, is in Springfield, IL. It is a public 2-year institution.

14. Richland Community College

One College Pk
Decatur, IL 62521-8512
(217) 875-7200

Richland Community College offers three programs in culinary arts. Out of those, students are offered two certificates in culinary arts by it and one associate's level degree in culinary arts. This community college, which is only a few miles from Decatur, is located in a rural setting. It is one of 46 community colleges in Illinois.

15. Harper College

1200 W Algonquin Rd
Palatine, IL 60067-7398
(847) 925-6000

Harper College offers two culinary programs. This school offers students two certificates in culinary arts. It is located in the suburbs of Palatine, Illinois. Overall, 16,060 students pursue degrees in 94 programs at this school. This public school ranks sixth in terms of enrollment in the state of Illinois.

16. Illinois Central College

One College Drive
East Peoria, IL 61635-0001
(309) 694-5422

Illinois Central College is in East Peoria, Illinois, where students can enjoy a rural setting. This college offers two programs in culinary arts. More specifically, students are offered one culinary certificate by it and one degree at the associate's level in culinary arts. It is one of 46 community colleges in Illinois. In terms of programs, it is the tenth largest institution in the state of Illinois offering culinary arts.

17. The College of Lake County

19351 W Washington St.
Grayslake, IL 60030-1198
(847) 543-2000

The College of Lake County is located in the suburbs of Grayslake, Illinois and this college offers one program in culinary arts. This community college is one of 46 community colleges in Illinois. This community college is the ninth biggest institution in the state of Illinois offering culinary arts in terms of programs.

18. Moraine Valley Community College

9000 W. College Parkway
Palos Hills, IL 60465-0937
(708) 974-4300

Moraine Valley Community College is in the suburbs of Palos Hills, Illinois. It offers three programs in culinary arts. Of those, this college offers two certificates in culinary arts to students and one associate's level culinary arts degree. It is one of 46 community colleges in Illinois. This college is the sixth largest institution in the state of Illinois offering culinary arts in terms of programs.

19. Joliet Junior College

1215 Houbolt Rd
Joliet, IL 60431-8938
(815) 729-9020

Joliet Junior College offers one culinary program and this college is located in Joliet, Illinois, where students can enjoy a rural setting. This community college is one of 46 community colleges in Illinois. It is the oldest institution in the state of Illinois offering culinary programs.

20. Robert Morris University Illinois

401 S State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 935-6800

Robert Morris University Illinois is located in the center of Chicago and it offers one culinary program. Overall, 4,558 students seek degrees in 38 Robert Morris University Illinois programs.

21. Rend Lake College

468 N Ken Gray Pky
Ina, IL 62846
(618) 437-5321

Rend Lake College, which is very close to Ina, Illinois, is in a rural area and it offers one culinary program. 5,379 students pursue degrees in 57 programs at this public college, overall.

22. City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College

6301 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60621-2709
(773) 602-5000

City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College is near the heart of downtown. It offers four programs in culinary arts. Specifically, students are offered two certificates in culinary arts by it and two associate's level culinary arts degrees. It is one of 46 community colleges in Illinois.

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