Average Hourly Rate for Panera Bread Company Employees

Panera Bread Company is a restaurant firm headquartered in Richmond Heights, Mo. that hires for Baker positions, Cashier roles, and more. Panera Bread Company laborers see wages hovering around $9.22 per hour. Adding overtime bumps the median up to $15.30. Though where you live and your experience level are influential salary factors for those at Panera Bread Company, what you do at the company turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Richmond Heights, Missouri 63117

Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places, Bakery

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The highest paychecks go to Catering Coordinators, who earn an average $11.06 per hour, closely trailed by Bakers ($10.66), Line Cooks (approximately $9.22), and Sales Associates (about $8.64). Cashiers are among the lowest paid at a median salary of $8.31.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $10.25 per hour) can be spotted in San Antonio, Texas; Syracuse, N.Y. ($10.00), Jacksonville, Fla. (about $9.99), and Overland Park, Kan. (around $9.75) are the next top-paying cities. Mankato, Minn. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $7.72. Across its U.S. offices, the state of Massachusetts pays Panera Bread Company the most — $11.25 per hour on average.

Years of Experience

Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make approximately $11.06 per hour on average. Overall, the greater share of Panera Bread Company folks have one to four years of experience and earn an average around $9.04 per hour.

Certifications and Degrees

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Specialists receive bigger paychecks ($12.50 per hour) than those without credentials. Panera Bread Company workers who hold a Bachelor's Degree are also well compensated, earning $10.46 on average.


When it comes to skills, employees who report People Management among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of $11.12 per hour. One of the more prevalent skills at Panera Bread Company is Customer Service, with close to one-half considering it a key competency. Three more common skills are Cash Handling, Customer Relations, and Food Preparation.

Benefits and Perks

Panera Bread Company sponsors a 401(k) program, and slightly more than half of workers use this option to save for their retirement. The larger part of respondents receive health insurance, and approximately two in five workers get dental coverage. Employees can also look forward to free drinks, flexible hours, life insurance, food/meal discounts, and stock options.

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Key Stats for Panera Bread Company


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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

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