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Pastry in Washington State

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Schools Offering Pastry Programs in Washington State

Around 0.1% of Washington State's graduates graduate from pastry certificate programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 141 pastry chefs graduate from Washington State's 11 pastry schools.

Top Schools

The Art Institute of Seattle, which was ranked 75th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Washington State that has a pastry program. It is located in Seattle. 11 students graduated with a certificate in pastry from The Art Institute of Seattle in 2010. Tuition at The Art Institute of Seattle was $17,560 per year.

The second-ranked school in Washington State with a pastry program is Bellingham Technical College, which is located in Bellingham. In 2010, it was ranked 76th nationwide. 5 students graduated with certificate in pastry from Bellingham Technical College in 2010. Bellingham Technical College charged in-state students $3,745 in tuition fees per year.

The third-ranked school in Washington State that has a pastry program is Renton Technical College. Renton Technical College, which was ranked 78th in the country in 2010, is located in Renton. In 2010, Renton Technical College graduated 6 students from its pastry programs. Students at Renton Technical College paid $2,785 per year in tuition fees.


Tuition at Washington State's pastry schools ranges from $17,560 per year to $2,610 per year. But, the average tuition is $4,494 per year. The Washington State pastry schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. The Art Institute of Seattle - located in Seattle, students are charged $17,560 per year
  2. Bellingham Technical College - located in Bellingham, students are charged $3,745 per year
  3. Edmonds Community College - located in Lynnwood, students are charged $3,566 per year

The pastry schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in Washington State were:

  1. Spokane Community College - located in Spokane, students are charged $2,610 per year
  2. Renton Technical College - located in Renton, students are charged $2,785 per year
  3. Clark College - located in Vancouver, students are charged $3,008 per year

A pastry certificate from a Washington State school... what next?

Most people who graduate from pastry school in Washington State go on to work as a pastry chef. Washington State had 3,330 pastry chefs in 2010. The following counties have the largest number of Washington State pastry chefs:

  1. King County - 1,610 pastry chefs
  2. Pierce County - 220 pastry chefs
  3. Spokane County - 220 pastry chefs

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of pastry chefs in Washington State will shrink by -5%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 3,600 pastry chefs working in Washington State.


A pastry chef in Washington State earns $29,140 per year on average. But, salaries for pastry chefs can vary. In 2010, pastry chefs made as little as less than $18,490 per year or as much as more than $45,440 per year in Washington State. A pastry chef in the following Washington State counties makes the highest salaries on average:

  1. Skagit County - $30,730 per year
  2. Pierce County - $30,260 per year
  3. King County - $30,240 per year

The Washington State counties with the lowest average salary for pastry chefs are:

  1. Grays Harbor County - $24,230 per year
  2. Columbia County - $25,570 per year
  3. Adams County - $26,090 per year

More Information

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

  • Associate's Degree in Pastry in Washington State
  • Certificate in Pastry in Washington State

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Bakers 3,330 $29,140 13.7%
Chefs and Head Cooks 2,150 $42,490 18.1%

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