The Average Cost of Vocational School in USA 2019

The overall average cost of vocational school in the United States is about $33,000.

Although that may initially seem like a large chunk of change, the average cost of a Bachelor’s degree is $127,000.

That is a staggering difference.

With such a large cost gap, vocational school is a much more attainable option than traditional college for many people.

Additionally, many are also drawn to vocational training because you focus on learning only what you will need in your field.

Essentially, you can bypass many general education and elective courses – which are required in four-year colleges.

Different areas of study do cost a different amount, however.

Below are some of the most popular vocational school fields.

Each area of study is broken down by average cost in the United States.

Culinary School

Culinary School

Culinary school is a wonderful schooling option for those who wish to become a professional chef.

Hundreds of culinary schools are scattered all across the United States.

You can choose to study in The Big Apple (NYC), at the beach in LA, or anything in between.

Although different schools will have different tuition, the average is around $17,550-$47,000.

With a relatively large tuition range, you can find a culinary school to fit your budget.

Tuition is generally comprised of preparing entrees and desserts, mastering knife skills, plating food, menu designing, and learning about exotic cuisines.

Culinary school can last anywhere from 7 months to 4 years, making tuition costs fluctuate between different schools and programs.

Real Estate

Many may not automatically think of real estate agents and vocational school as a couple.

However, there are specific real estate schools for individuals looking to become agents or brokers.

Like with all vocational schools, the price will vary from state-to-state and between training programs.

Typically, there is not one complete fee for one schooling program.

There are multiple fees across different areas that... ...comprise the total cost of becoming a real estate agent.

real estate

For all intents and purposes, in the state of Colorado after schooling, fees, final exam cost, etc. the total comes to around $2,923.

Although the final price will vary between states, it is safe to say the running total will end around this number.

Being a property manager is also a high paying profession you may consider.

Massage Therapy

massage therapistMost states in the US require an average of 500 to 600 hours of schooling to become a licensed massage therapist.

Depending on your state and choice of schooling program, the total cost ranges from $6,000 to $10,000.

Completing training will provide you with a certificate as a certified massage therapist in your state of choice.

If you are looking to become certified in more than one state, or nationally, then vocational school costs will increase.

Information Systems

Programming / Information SystemsThe computer technology field is exploding in the US and the demand for trained professionals is high.

Information systems encompass a wide range of topics in the IT industry.

Information systems include but not limited to:

  • Web design and development
  • Operating systems
  • Network administration and application of wireless networks
  • Programming
  • Security analyst
  • E-commerce
  • Software development
  • Data communications

Although specific pricing will depend on what exact area of study you are looking to complete and the type of school, the average cost for an IT/Information Systems degree is $3,000 to $20,000.


Locksmith School

Locksmithing is an interesting trade, on average a locksmith earns $46,504 a year.

There’s an opportunity to gain experience and training in the field through apprenticeships.

Online training can be as little as $400, in more professional schools, a good locksmithing program can cost around $4,200.

On average, locksmithing training costs $1,700-$2,800.

Final Thoughts

Vocational training school costs are normally around average but it can differ…

…depending mainly on your:

  • Location
  • Profession Chosen
  • With/Without Financial Aid
  • etc…

Good luck!

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