Phoenix, AZ (population: 1,635,783) has three cooking schools within its city limits. The Art Institute of Phoenix, the highest ranked school in the city with a cooking program, has a total student population of 1,243. It is the 3128th highest ranked school in the USA and the 42nd highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Cooking students from Phoenix schools who go on to become chefs, cooks, sous chefs, line cooks, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 94,300 people working as chefs and head cooks alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $44,240. Also, Cooks, private household make on average $27,720 per year and there are about 770 of them employed in the US today.
Phoenix lies in Maricopa county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area has 1,763,410 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,930 average annual salary.
Of the 3 cooking schools in Phoenix, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Phoenix comes out as the most expensive ($29,389/yr) for cooking students, with Phoenix College as the lowest, reported at only $8,058/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Phoenix|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||48.8 miles|
|Prescott Valley||AZ||41,046||1||8.12951||6||75.4 miles|