When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $12.67 per hour) can be spotted in Chicago, Ill.; St. Louis, Mo. ($11.50), Cincinnati, Ohio ($11.41), and Denver, Colo. (approximately $9.50) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Jacksonville, Fla.; in fact, at $8.46 it is one of the worst-paid cities. The highest pay by state can be found in California, where pay average out at about $10.95 per hour.
Nearing the top of the pay scale are Bakers, Catering Coordinators, Retail Shift Supervisors, and Line Cooks; while the first receives the highest median pay at $12.05 per hour, the other salaries come in at $11.49, around $10.54, and about $9.14, respectively. Cashiers at Panera Bread Company do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions ($8.54 on average) at the company.
Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make approximately $10.80 per hour on average. The largest slice of the Panera Bread Company workforce (58 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, $9.35 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Servsafe food manager certifications earn $12.37 per hour, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Panera Bread Company compensates Certificate (Cert), Culinary Arts-holders the most at $13.00 per hour.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Sales; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of around $9.13 per hour. Customer Service is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; the greater part of Panera Bread Company's people use it regularly. Employees also tend to know Cash Handling, Customer Relations, and Food Preparation.
Benefits and Perks
Just over two-fifths of workers save for retirement through Panera Bread Company's 401(k) plan. Approximately one-half of workers have health insurance, and benefits for close to one-third of workers also include dental insurance. A few more workplace perks are free drinks, food/meal discounts, flexible hours, a casual working environment, and food/meals.