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Culinary in Texas

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Schools Offering Culinary Arts Programs in Texas

Each year, roughly 0.3% of Texas students graduate with degrees in culinary arts. Thus, Texas' 26 culinary schools put out approximately 1,637 chefs each year.

Top Schools

Culinary Institute Inc, which is located in Houston, is the top-ranked school in Texas that has a culinary program. It received a ranking of 68th in the country in 2010. In 2010, Culinary Institute Inc graduated 104 students from its culinary program.

The second-ranked school in Texas with a culinary program is Culinary Academy of Austin, which is located in Austin. In 2010, it was ranked 73rd nationwide. 25 students graduated with degree in culinary from Culinary Academy of Austin in 2010.

Remington College-Dallas Campus, which was ranked 73rd nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Texas that has a culinary program. It is located in Garland. In 2010, Remington College-Dallas Campus graduated 47 students from its culinary programs. Tuition at Remington College-Dallas Campus was $14,745 per year.


Culinary schools in Texas, charge students an average tuition of $5,936 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $34,500 per year, or as little as $1,024 per year. In 2010, the following Texas culinary schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Dallas - located in Dallas, students are charged $34,500 per year
  2. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Austin - located in Austin, students are charged $17,765 per year
  3. South University-The Art Institute of Dallas - located in Dallas, students are charged $17,618 per year

The culinary schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in Texas were:

  1. Collin County Community College District - located in McKinney, students are charged $1,024 per year
  2. Lee College - located in Baytown, students are charged $1,086 per year
  3. Tarrant County College District - located in Fort Worth, students are charged $1,200 per year

A culinary degree from a Texas school... what next?

The highest percentage of culinary graduates in Texas pursue careers as a chef. If you decide to work as a chef in Texas, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 5,360 Texas chefs as of 2010. The following counties have the largest number of Texas chefs:

  1. Collin County - 920 chefs
  2. Austin County - 880 chefs
  3. Atascosa County - 790 chefs

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of chefs in Texas will grow by 13%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 7,290 chefs working in Texas.


A chef in Texas makes an average of $40,440 per year. However, Texas chefs earned anywhere in the range from as less than $16,760 per year to more than $70,860 per year in 2010. The following counties in Texas have the highest average salaries for chefs:

  1. Hardin County - $59,580 per year
  2. Johnson County - $48,080 per year
  3. Austin County - $46,340 per year

The Texas counties with the lowest average salary for chefs are:

  1. Hidalgo County - $26,400 per year
  2. Cooke County - $28,230 per year
  3. Bee County - $29,630 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Texas statistics regarding a career in culinary arts. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as pastry or culinary.

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

  • Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts in Texas
  • Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts in Texas
  • Certificate in Culinary Arts in Texas

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Cooks, Restaurant 71,410 $19,530 28.0%
Cooks, Fast Food 40,920 $17,720 49.7%
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 35,200 $20,760 21.3%
Cooks, Short Order 14,220 $18,950 -6.4%
Chefs and Head Cooks 5,360 $40,440 -11.6%

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