Average Hourly Rate for Panera Bread Company Employees

Panera Bread Company is a restaurant sector firm headquartered in Richmond Heights, Mo. that hires for Baker positions, Cashier roles, and more. Panera Bread Company workers report earning an average of $9.77 per hour. Adding overtime compensation raises that to $15.34. Though your experience level and your role at the company are influential salary factors for those at Panera Bread Company, where you live turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Employer: Panera Bread Company
Hourly Rate Range by Job
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[-]Baker (24)
$9.66 - $14.83  
[-]Baker (24)
Hourly Rate$9.66 - $14.83  
[+]Cashier (12)
$7.57 - $9.79  
[+]Cashier (12)
Hourly Rate$7.57 - $9.79  
[+]Sales Associate (10)
$7.30 - $10.93  
[+]Sales Associate (10)
Hourly Rate$7.30 - $10.93  
[+]Catering Coordinator (9)
$8.28 - $15.83  
[+]Catering Coordinator (9)
Hourly Rate$8.28 - $15.83  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 30 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 190
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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 $15.98 per hour) can be spotted in St. Louis; Sacramento ($13.50), Swampscott ($11.60), and Milwaukee ($10.48) are the next top-paying cities. Mankato is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging approximately $7.72. Within the firm, employees working in Missouri take home the most — about $13.85 per hour on average.

Years of Experience

For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to around $10.63. The greater proportion of employees (67 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home $9.63 per hour.


Bakers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at about $10.37 — though Catering Coordinators, Line Cooks, and Baristas also do fairly well at $10.24, approximately $9.18, and $9.05, respectively. On the lower end are Customer Service Associates at around $7.88.

Certifications and Degrees

Being a Certified ServSafe Food Handler certainly has its perks — salaries approach about $10.01 and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Panera Bread Company compensates Associate's Degree-holders the most at $10.24 per hour.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Event Planning; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $12.13. Customer Service also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; more than half of employees surveyed report using it at work. Some other standard skills here are Cash Handling, Customer Relations, and Food Preparation.

Benefits and Perks

A little more than half of workers plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. At Panera Bread Company, roughly one-half of workers have health insurance, and half of workers have dental coverage. Some other advantages of working at Panera Bread Company are free drinks, flexible hours, life insurance, food/meal discounts, and a casual working environment.

Key Stats for Panera Bread Company


67 %
33 %
Hourly Rate
$8 - $11
Hourly Rate
$8 - $12
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 54 votes.

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