Becoming a Culinary Artist via Online Education?

At the very least, online education can help you lay a foundation and/or open up alternate career paths. Penn Foster Career School, one of the highest ranking online schools, is a US school (accredited) offering culinary courses to train individuals to become top-notch culinary artists, bakers, chefs, cooks, sous chefs, pastry chefs, etc. Currently, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics there are 140,510 people employed as bakers alone in America, and their average annual salary is $25,350. Chefs and head cooks make on average $44,240 per year and there are about 94,300 of them employed today. Colleges and universities like Penn Foster Career School that provide online education are successfully launching workers into this field.

Culinary Artist Salary Information

Category: Chefs and head cooks

Total # Employed in the US 94,300
Average Hourly Wage: $21.27/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$10.99 $14.46 $19.27 $25.73 $33.44
Average Yearly Salary $44,240
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$22,860 $30,080 $40,090 $53,510 $69,560
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
18.4% 32.3% 19.2% 17.0% 11.2% 1.4% 0.6%
Chefs and head cooks — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
North Dakota $28.42/hr $59,120
Virginia $26.98/hr $56,120
Delaware $26.19/hr $54,480
District of Columbia $25.02/hr $52,040
Indiana $23.96/hr $49,830
Hawaii $23.37/hr $48,610
Colorado $23.2/hr $48,260
Guam $22.53/hr $46,860
Alaska $22.35/hr $46,490
Missouri $22.23/hr $46,230
New York $21.94/hr $45,630
Connecticut $21.36/hr $44,440
Mississippi $21.22/hr $44,130
New Hampshire $21.02/hr $43,720
South Carolina $20.95/hr $43,570
Nebraska $20.76/hr $43,170
Puerto Rico $20.67/hr $43,000
Utah $20.3/hr $42,230
Montana $19.99/hr $41,570
Michigan $19.93/hr $41,450
Arkansas $19.64/hr $40,850
Tennessee $19.61/hr $40,800
Maryland $19.26/hr $40,060
Alabama $19.18/hr $39,900
Wyoming $19.12/hr $39,760
Kentucky $19.05/hr $39,630
North Carolina $18.93/hr $39,370
Oregon $18.5/hr $38,470
Kansas $18.45/hr $38,380
Washington $18.41/hr $38,290
Massachusetts $18.3/hr $38,070
New Jersey $18.21/hr $37,870
Louisiana $17.86/hr $37,150
Maine $17.58/hr $36,560
South Dakota $17.19/hr $35,750
Wisconsin $16.95/hr $35,260
Ohio $16.95/hr $35,260
West Virginia $16.82/hr $34,980
Idaho $16.69/hr $34,720
New Mexico $16.61/hr $34,550
Nevada $16.1/hr $33,490
Pennsylvania $14.99/hr $31,170
Iowa $12.05/hr $25,060


Category: Cooks, private household

Total # Employed in the US 770
Average Hourly Wage: $13.33/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$8.04 $9.33 $11.87 $14.96 $20.62
Average Yearly Salary $27,720
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$16,720 $19,410 $24,700 $31,110 $42,880
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
33.4% 43.0% 14.5% 4.2% 4.0% 0.5% 0.2%


Category: Cooks, restaurant

Total # Employed in the US 898,820
Average Hourly Wage: $11.11/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$7.76 $8.86 $10.66 $12.78 $15.27
Average Yearly Salary $23,110
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$16,140 $18,430 $22,170 $26,590 $31,770
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
33.4% 43.0% 14.5% 4.2% 4.0% 0.5% 0.2%
Cooks, restaurant — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Indiana $14.64/hr $30,450
New York $14.05/hr $29,220
Florida $13.92/hr $28,940
Oklahoma $13.58/hr $28,250
Delaware $13.43/hr $27,930
Alaska $13.06/hr $27,170
Missouri $12.88/hr $26,800
North Dakota $12.78/hr $26,580
Utah $12.34/hr $25,670
Virginia $12.22/hr $25,410
Mississippi $12.13/hr $25,230
Colorado $12.01/hr $24,970
District of Columbia $11.99/hr $24,940
Puerto Rico $11.93/hr $24,820
North Carolina $11.83/hr $24,600
Hawaii $11.54/hr $24,000
Tennessee $11.32/hr $23,530
Michigan $11.28/hr $23,470
Nebraska $11.15/hr $23,190
Connecticut $11.06/hr $23,010
Wisconsin $10.73/hr $22,310
Guam $10.72/hr $22,300
Iowa $10.72/hr $22,290
Arkansas $10.66/hr $22,180
Kansas $10.61/hr $22,070
Montana $10.52/hr $21,890
South Carolina $10.38/hr $21,590
Oregon $10.37/hr $21,580
West Virginia $10.36/hr $21,550
Washington $10.28/hr $21,380
Massachusetts $10.22/hr $21,250
Idaho $10.2/hr $21,220
New Jersey $10.09/hr $21,000
New Hampshire $10.05/hr $20,900
Ohio $10.03/hr $20,860
New Mexico $9.99/hr $20,770
Kentucky $9.86/hr $20,500
Alabama $9.67/hr $20,120
Nevada $9.65/hr $20,080
Maine $9.61/hr $20,000
California $9.56/hr $19,890
Louisiana $9.52/hr $19,800
Pennsylvania $9.5/hr $19,750
Maryland $9.41/hr $19,580
Wyoming $9.33/hr $19,410
South Dakota $9.24/hr $19,220


Category: Food preparation workers

Total # Employed in the US 849,400
Average Hourly Wage: $9.82/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$7.39 $8.02 $9.15 $11.05 $13.6
Average Yearly Salary $20,420
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$15,380 $16,680 $19,020 $22,970 $28,280
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
33.0% 40.4% 15.4% 3.9% 6.1% 0.8% 0.3%
Food preparation workers — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Alaska $12.76/hr $26,530
Florida $12.05/hr $25,070
New York $11.96/hr $24,870
Delaware $11.51/hr $23,940
Missouri $10.91/hr $22,700
Oklahoma $10.73/hr $22,320
Arkansas $10.62/hr $22,100
Virginia $10.51/hr $21,850
Tennessee $10.5/hr $21,830
Indiana $10.45/hr $21,740
North Dakota $10.44/hr $21,720
Nebraska $10.34/hr $21,500
Michigan $10.27/hr $21,360
Puerto Rico $10.25/hr $21,320
Connecticut $10.25/hr $21,330
Colorado $10.21/hr $21,240
Montana $10.11/hr $21,030
Mississippi $10.04/hr $20,890
Utah $10.01/hr $20,820
District of Columbia $9.98/hr $20,760
Kansas $9.88/hr $20,560
Pennsylvania $9.72/hr $20,210
North Carolina $9.68/hr $20,130
South Carolina $9.68/hr $20,130
Hawaii $9.61/hr $20,000
Ohio $9.6/hr $19,980
Idaho $9.55/hr $19,870
Kentucky $9.45/hr $19,650
New Hampshire $9.42/hr $19,590
Maryland $9.38/hr $19,510
Iowa $9.33/hr $19,400
Louisiana $9.32/hr $19,390
New Mexico $9.14/hr $19,020
Wisconsin $9.13/hr $19,000
Maine $8.93/hr $18,580
Guam $8.87/hr $18,460
Oregon $8.79/hr $18,280
New Jersey $8.72/hr $18,140
Wyoming $8.64/hr $17,970
West Virginia $8.63/hr $17,950
Washington $8.51/hr $17,700
California $8.44/hr $17,560
Alabama $8.41/hr $17,490
South Dakota $8.34/hr $17,360
Massachusetts $8.13/hr $16,910
Nevada $8.1/hr $16,840


Category: Bakers

Total # Employed in the US 140,510
Average Hourly Wage: $12.19/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$7.98 $9.16 $11.36 $14.49 $18.04
Average Yearly Salary $25,350
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$16,600 $19,040 $23,630 $30,140 $37,520
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
27.8% 41.1% 16.9% 5.9% 7.3% 0.8% 0.2%
Bakers — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Florida $14.84/hr $30,860
Indiana $14.48/hr $30,110
Alaska $14.45/hr $30,060
Missouri $14.37/hr $29,880
Delaware $14.19/hr $29,520
Mississippi $13.81/hr $28,720
New York $13.43/hr $27,940
North Dakota $13.33/hr $27,730
Virginia $13.12/hr $27,290
Michigan $13.1/hr $27,260
Colorado $13.09/hr $27,220
Connecticut $12.97/hr $26,980
Oklahoma $12.86/hr $26,760
Tennessee $12.81/hr $26,650
Utah $12.69/hr $26,390
Puerto Rico $12.56/hr $26,120
Nebraska $12.46/hr $25,920
District of Columbia $12.33/hr $25,650
Arkansas $12.23/hr $25,440
Maryland $12.19/hr $25,360
Guam $12.02/hr $25,000
Iowa $11.89/hr $24,740
West Virginia $11.83/hr $24,610
Hawaii $11.81/hr $24,560
North Carolina $11.76/hr $24,470
Alabama $11.68/hr $24,290
Idaho $11.61/hr $24,150
Montana $11.4/hr $23,700
New Jersey $11.38/hr $23,680
South Carolina $11.37/hr $23,640
Kentucky $11.35/hr $23,610
Oregon $11.21/hr $23,320
Kansas $11.2/hr $23,300
New Mexico $11.2/hr $23,290
New Hampshire $11.08/hr $23,040
Wisconsin $11.04/hr $22,970
Washington $10.89/hr $22,640
Ohio $10.89/hr $22,650
Louisiana $10.86/hr $22,600
Pennsylvania $10.56/hr $21,970
Wyoming $10.46/hr $21,750
Massachusetts $10.44/hr $21,710
South Dakota $10.15/hr $21,120
Nevada $10.15/hr $21,120
Maine $10.07/hr $20,940
California $9.73/hr $20,240


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