Texas baking schools and culinary arts programs prepare students for the fast-paced world of food service. The programs they offer, which typically take less than two years to complete, teach students the craft of baking and the technical skills required to do the job right, including:

  • Checking the quality of their baking supplies
  • Measuring ingredients and following recipes
  • Setting oven temperatures and monitoring food
  • Observing items as they bake
  • Applying edible or decorative glazes, icings or toppings

Although Texas doesn't require bakers and cooks to be licensed, many students and professionals pursue licensing in order to prove their abilities or increase their job prospects. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Retail Bakers of America offers four levels of certification for bakers, with varying levels of education and experience required by each. Again, all baker certifications are voluntary.

Fast Facts for Bakers in Texas

According to the BLS, the state of Texas boasts the third-highest number of bakers of any state in the nation, only behind California and Florida. In 2014, 11,450 bakers worked in this profession in Texas, with the following regions employing the bulk of them:

  • San Antonio - New Braunfels: 920
  • Austin - Round Rock - San Marcos: 500
  • Dallas - Plano - Irving: 2,840
  • Fort Worth - Arlington: 970
  • Houston - Sugar Land - Baytown: 2,640
  • El Paso: 470
  • McAllen - Edinburg - Mission: 230
  • Brownsville - Harlingen: 160
  • Corpus Christi: 120
  • Killeen - Temple - Fort Hood: 170

Although the state of Texas already employs a large number of bakers and other workers in the food industry, many more jobs may be on the way. As the U.S. Department of Labor's Projections Central notes, employment for bakers in Texas could surge by as much as 20.8 percent from 2012 to 2022.

Salaries for Bakers in Texas

According to the BLS, most bakers begin their careers by learning their skills on the job or participating in a culinary training program. These programs typically last 1-2 years and culminate in an associate degree or career diploma. Further, U.S. Department of Labor figures show that bakers in Texas earned an annual mean wage of $22,660 in 2014, which works out to $10.90 per hour.

Nationally, industries who paid out the highest annual mean wages for bakers in 2014 were:

  • Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation: $41,840
  • Local Government: $34,670
  • State Government: $34,360
  • Traveler Accommodation: $33,880
  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $31,910

Metro Areas Rated for Salary and Popularity


Employment per 1,000 Residents

Annual Mean Wage in 2014

San Antonio - New Braunfels



Austin - Round Rock - San Marcos



Dallas - Plano - Irving



Fort Worth - Arlington



Houston - Sugar Land - Baytown



El Paso



McAllen - Edinburg - Mission



Brownsville - Harlingen



Corpus Christi



Killeen - Temple - Fort Hood



Expert Q&A

To learn more about Texas baking and culinary arts schools, we reached out to Wes Benefield, President of the Culinary School of Fort Worth.

What sets the field of culinary arts apart in the state of Texas?

Where there is a vibrant economy, you often find a vibrant food scene. Texas has both!

What is the greatest benefit of practicing this field within the state of Texas?

Texas, historically, has done things BIG! Texans have a high appreciation for ³going all out and excellence. These attributes are essential for a culinarian to be successful.

How will the field of culinary arts change in Texas in the next 10 to 20 years?

The big box/franchise schools that are publicly traded on Wall Street (that everyone would recognize) will be near extinction and will have sold off the majority of their campuses. The result will be a chasm between the upper tier private culinary schools and the lower tier community college culinary programs.

How does your school prepare students for a career in this field?

We incorporate mass production in to our curriculum every single day. The majority of culinary students graduate (hopefully) with the fundamentals and the knowledge of how to make five lovely dishes within a two hour time span. What they do not learn is how to make 500 lovely dishes over the span of two hours. To be profitable in the food business you have to be able to scale your craft. It is a real tragedy how unprepared the majority of culinary school graduates are for the real world, just ask any executive chef in any city in the US. At The CSFTW, we do a number of private events, chef demonstrations, catering events, weddings, dining experiences on our campus, etc. that our students work and are required to work for the real world/practical experience.


  1. Bakers, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/bakers.htm#tab-1
  2. Bakers, Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, May 2014, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes513011.htm
  3. College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, Texas, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=TX&
  4. Long Term Occupational Projections, Projections Central, http://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
  5. May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Texas, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_tx.htm
  6. Interview with Wes Benefield, President of the Culinary School of Fort Worth
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Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Bakers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Texas. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Bakers relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

Metro Area
Annual Median Salary
Austin-Round Rock 620 $27,470
Abilene 260 $25,130
Amarillo 210 $21,070
Brownsville-Harlingen 240 $22,420
College Station-Bryan N/A $21,850
Corpus Christi 90 $22,440
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 4460 $25,400
El Paso 540 $19,990
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 2750 $26,870
San Angelo 70 $23,060
San Antonio-New Braunfels 1110 $26,600
Laredo 70 $20,530
Longview 80 $24,350
Lubbock 150 $23,980
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 200 $21,620
Midland 70 $25,710
Odessa 90 $22,650
Killeen-Temple 170 $22,530
Tyler 80 $22,170
Waco 160 $22,300

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