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.