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Average Hourly Rate for Panera Bread Company Employees

Based in Richmond Heights, Mo.,restaurant player Panera Bread Company offers many employment opportunities, including Baker and Cashier positions. Panera Bread Company workers report earning an average of $9.73 per hour. Adding overtime compensation raises that to $15.25. Panera Bread Company paychecks are largely negotiated based on where you live, though your experience level and what you do at the company are also considered. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Panera Bread Company typically pays:
above market
Similar employers pay:
below market
Employer: Panera Bread Company
Hourly Rate Range by Job
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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Baker (26)
$8.14 - $14.76  
[-]Baker (26)
Hourly Rate$8.14 - $14.76  
[+]Cashier (15)
$7.64 - $9.39  
[+]Cashier (15)
Hourly Rate$7.64 - $9.39  
[+]Catering Coordinator (12)
$8.96 - $16.64  
[+]Catering Coordinator (12)
Hourly Rate$8.96 - $16.64  
[+]Sales Associate (12)
$7.40 - $10.77  
[+]Sales Associate (12)
Hourly Rate$7.40 - $10.77  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 8 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 208

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About This Company

Richmond Heights, Missouri 63117

Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places, Bakery

Panera Bread

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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $13.50 per hour) can be spotted in Sacramento, Calif.; Swampscott, Mass. ($11.60), Jacksonville, Fla. (approximately $10.46), and Overland Park, Kan. ($9.75) are the next top-paying cities. Baltimore, Md. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $7.61. By state, Missouri offers the highest pay at about $13.85 per hour.

Years of Experience

Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $10.63 per hour. The largest slice of the Panera Bread Company workforce (59 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, around $9.48 per hour.


Bakers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at approximately $10.62 per hour — though Catering Coordinators, Line Cooks, and Associate Developers also do fairly well at about $10.48, $9.50, and $8.93, respectively. Panera Bread Company hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Cashiers ($8.24 on average).

Certifications and Degrees

Certified ServSafe Food Handlers have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at $10.11 per hour. At Panera Bread Company, employees who hold an Associate's Degree receive the highest pay at $10.50.


When it comes to skills, employees who report People Management among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of about $10.92 per hour. A common skill in Panera Bread Company's work force is Customer Service; close to one-half of survey participants report using it on the job. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Cash Handling, Food Preparation, and Customer Relations.

Benefits and Perks

To plan for old age, just over a half of workers maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. Perks cover health insurance for a majority of workers and dental coverage for more than two-fifths of workers. Panera Bread Company folks also make good use of free drinks, flexible hours, life insurance, stock options, and food/meal discounts.

Key Stats for Panera Bread Company


62 %
38 %
Hourly Rate
$8 - $11
Hourly Rate
$8 - $11
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.
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