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Culinary Schools In Colorado

Culinary classes faculty can choose to work at one of 9 accredited culinary schools in Colorado. The trends in Colorado's culinary academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below. Academia in culinary includes culinary training at the following levels:


  1. Arapahoe Community College

    5900 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, Colorado 80160-9002

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  2. The Art Institute of Colorado

    1200 Lincoln Street, Denver, Colorado 80203-2983

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  3. Colorado Mountain College

    831 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601-0233

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  4. Emily Griffith Opportunity School

    1250 Welton Street, Denver, Colorado 80204-2197

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  5. Mesa State College

    1100 North Avenue, Grand Junction, Colorado 81501-3122

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  6. Pikes Peak Community College

    5675 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906-5498

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  7. Red Rocks Community College

    13300 W Sixth Ave, Lakewood, Colorado 80228-1255

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  8. Johnson & Wales University-Denver

    7150 Montview Blvd, Denver, Colorado 80220

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  9. Culinary School of the Rockies

    637 S Broadway, Ste H, Boulder, Colorado 80305

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Professional Trends

Colorado Vs. National Culinary Employment

Colorado 34,790
National 2,077,050

Of all of the culinary professionals in the country, nearly 2% are in the state of Colorado.

Employment Growth for Culinary professionals In Colorado

35,860 37,080 36,830 38,380 34,790
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

In Colorado, the field of culinary is shrinking. In 2010 there were 1,070 less culinary professionals working in Colorado than there were in 2006. Thus, the field of culinary has shrunk by 3% in Colorado. This decline is faster than the national trend for culinary professionals which shows a 1% decrease in the number of culinary professionals working around the nation.

Culinary VS. All Professions salaries in Colorado

$24,078 $25,126 $25,864 $26,888 $27,900
$46,058 $47,685 $48,234 $49,831 $51,291
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Culinary
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

As the number of culinary professionals is declining, the salaries paid to culinary professionals are increasing in Colorado. The mean salary for culinary professionals in 2006 was $24,078 per year. And in 2010 the mean salary was $27,900 per year.

Salary percentiles for Culinary professionals in Colorado

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This represents a 14% growth in salaries. This growth is mirrored by state trends for all professionals. In the state of Colorado, there is a huge variation in pay, within the field of culinary. The pay differential between the highest paid culinary professionals and those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket is 105%

Average Salaries for Culinary professionals and related professions in Colorado

Restaurant Management

In Colorado, culinary professionals earn, on average, less than professionals in related fields.

Educational Trends

Culinary programs available for each degree type for all schools in Colorado


As the number of culinary professionals is decreasing in Colorado state, the number of students graduating from the 9 accredited culinary schools in Colorado state is increasing. In Colorado, there were 397 graduates in 2006. And there were 562 graduates from culinary courses in 2010.

Thus there was a 42% percent increase in the number of culinary school degree or certificate graduates in Colorado. A majority of these graduates, or 50%, graduated with a undergraduate certificate in culinary.

Culinary Faculty Salaries in Colorado

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