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How will your pastry education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the pastry education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. There are 144 traditional pastry schools in the US.

Top Schools

The top schools in the nation in 2010 that had pastry programs were:

  1. Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science - located in Paul Smiths, New York
  2. L'Academie de Cuisine - located in Gaithersburg, Maryland
  3. Culinary Institute of America - located in Hyde Park, New York

Student Demographics

In 2010, certificates in pastry were earned by 4,404 students in the US. Of these students, 2,523 received certifications in pastry and 1,881 received an undergraduate degree in pastry.


Students can pursue education in pastry at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Pastry
  • Bachelor's Degree in Pastry
  • Certificate in Pastry

Pastry students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying pastry:

  • Knife Skills
  • Custards and Cremes
  • Product Identification
  • Time Management
  • Cakes


On average in 2010, pastry schools in the US charged $18,758 in tuition per year. The following pastry schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $39,750
  2. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - located in Scottsdale, Arizona, students paid $38,200
  3. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - located in Hollywood, Florida, students paid $38,700

The lowest tuition was charged by the following pastry schools:

  1. Navajo Technical College - located in Crownpoint, New Mexico, students paid $1,555
  2. Valencia Community College - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $2,673
  3. Bellingham Technical College - located in Bellingham, Washington State, students paid $3,502

How will your pastry job compare?

Pastry chef is the profession of choice for a large number of pastry graduates. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 140,790 pastry chefs working in the US. The states with the largest populations of pastry chefs are:

  1. California - 17,600 Pastry Chefs
  2. Texas - 10,540 Pastry Chefs
  3. New York - 9,580 Pastry Chefs

Projected Growth

The following states are projected to have the fastest growth for pastry chefs over the next few years:

  1. Nevada - 19%
  2. Utah - 18%
  3. Georgia - 14%


On average, a pastry chef earns a salary of $24,490 per year in the US. However, factors such as your boss, seniority, or your employer can cause the salary for a pastry chef to vary greatly. Salaries for pastry chefs range from less than $15,410 per year to more than $72,870 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for a pastry chef:

  1. Hawaii - $31,520 per year
  2. Alaska - $31,130 per year
  3. Connecticut - $30,440 per year

The states with the lowest average salary for pastry chefs are:

  1. West Virginia - $19,910 per year
  2. Arkansas - $20,650 per year
  3. Oklahoma - $21,130 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Bakers 140,790 $25,350 -2.3%
Chefs and Head Cooks 90,510 $44,780 -21.9%