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.