Average Hourly Rate for Panera Bread Company Employees

Panera Bread Company is a restaurant firm headquartered in Richmond Heights, Mo. that hires for Cashier positions, Sales Associate roles, and more. On average, Panera Bread Company employees receive $9.54 per hour. When overtime pay is included, this wage rises to $15.04. Though your job title and how long you've been working do impact pay, where you live is the primary influence on employee salary at Panera Bread Company. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Richmond Heights, Missouri 63117

Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places, Bakery

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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.

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Key Stats for Panera Bread Company


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$8 - $11
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

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