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Schools Offering Hospitality Programs in Arizona

Around 0.3% of Arizona's graduates graduate from hospitality degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 591 hospitality professionals graduate from Arizona's 9 hospitality schools.

Top Schools

Northern Arizona University, which is located in Flagstaff, is the top-ranked school in Arizona that has a hospitality program. It received a ranking of 33rd in the country in 2010. 252 students graduated with a degree in hospitality from Northern Arizona University in 2010. The tuition rate at Northern Arizona University was $7,672 per year.

University of Phoenix-Online Campus, which is located in Phoenix, is the second-ranked school in Arizona that has a hospitality program. It received a ranking of 49th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 188 students graduated from University of Phoenix-Online Campus hospitality program. University of Phoenix-Online Campus charged in-state students $11,520 in tuition fees per year.

Arizona State University, which was ranked 49th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Arizona that has a hospitality program. It is located in Tempe. In 2010, Arizona State University graduated 84 students from its hospitality programs. Tuition at Arizona State University was $8,132 per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of Arizona's hospitality schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $8,230 per year, though tuition can range from $38,000 per year to $1,412 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Arizona hospitality schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - located in Scottsdale, students are charged $38,000 per year
  2. University of Phoenix-Online Campus - located in Phoenix, students are charged $11,520 per year
  3. Arizona State University - located in Tempe, students are charged $8,132 per year

The hospitality schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in Arizona were:

  1. Pima Community College - located in Tucson, students are charged $1,412 per year
  2. Cochise College - located in Douglas, students are charged $1,560 per year
  3. Scottsdale Community College - located in Scottsdale, students are charged $1,734 per year

A hospitality degree from an Arizona school... what next?

Many Arizona hospitality graduates become a restaurant manager, sous chef, dietary cook, line cook, and delicatessen cook. 51,900 hospitality professionals were working in Arizona in 2010. Of these, 860 were hotel managers. In addition, 4,790 were restaurant managers, and 2,680 were sous chefs. The following counties have the largest number of Arizona hospitality professionals:

  1. Maricopa County - 34,920 hospitality professionals
  2. Pima County - 8,180 hospitality professionals
  3. Coconino County - 1,890 hospitality professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of hospitality professionals in Arizona will grow by 4%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 61,360 hospitality professionals working in Arizona. The greatest growth for hospitality professional is predicted to be amongst Pizza Maker s, who are expected to increase by 12% by 2018.


hospitality professionals in Arizona make an average of $33,683 per year. In 2010, however, some Arizona hospitality professional earned as little as less than $15,440 per year or as much as more than $138,720 per year. The following counties in Arizona have the highest average salaries for hospitality professionals:

  1. Coconino County - $35,456 per year
  2. Maricopa County - $34,647 per year
  3. Pima County - $33,703 per year

Hospitality professionals in the following counties in Arizona make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Cochise County - $24,258 per year
  2. Mohave County - $26,653 per year
  3. Yuma County - $28,324 per year

The hospitality professionals with highest average salaries in Arizona were:

  1. Hotel Manager - $53,510 per year
  2. Restaurant Manager - $51,300 per year
  3. Sous Chef - $42,860 per year

On average, the lowest paid hospitality professionals in Arizona were:

  1. Delicatessen Cook - $22,020 per year
  2. Pizza Maker - $18,500 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Arizona statistics regarding a career in hospitality and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as hospitality or culinary.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Hospitality in Arizona
  • Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality in Arizona
  • Certificate in Hospitality in Arizona

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Cooks, Restaurant 18,650 $22,210 10.4%
Cooks, Fast Food 15,710 $18,500 10.7%
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 4,940 $25,380 3.8%
Food Service Managers 4,790 $51,300 -5.0%
Cooks, Short Order 4,270 $22,020 40.5%
Chefs and Head Cooks 2,680 $42,860 22.9%
Lodging Managers 860 $53,510 -28.9%

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