When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $13.50 per hour) can be spotted in Sacramento, Calif.; Virginia Beach, Va. (around $10.13), Syracuse, N.Y. ($10.00), and Jacksonville, Fla. ($9.99) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Mankato, Minn. — at $7.72, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. Panera Bread Company workers in Massachusetts earn the most — approximately $11.25 per hour on average.
Catering Coordinators are the best paid with the average salary hovering at around $10.90 per hour; Bakers, Retail Shift Supervisors, and Line Cooks also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $10.60, about $9.99, and approximately $9.83, respectively. Earning only $8.22 on average, Cashiers make less than most people in the company.
Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average pay of $10.72 per hour. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Panera Bread Company employees (59 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn around $9.17 per hour on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to $10.07 per hour for Certified ServSafe Food Handlers, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. The best paid folks at Panera Bread Company have an Associate's Degree, earning about $10.63 per hour.
Employees who count People Management among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is approximately $10.92 per hour. One of the more prevalent skills at Panera Bread Company is Customer Service, with approximately half considering it a key competency. Cash Handling, Food Preparation, and Customer Relations were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
Panera Bread Company sponsors a 401(k) program, and a majority of respondents use this option to save for their retirement. The larger part of employees have health insurance, and benefits for just over two-fifths of workers also include dental insurance. Other privileges include free drinks, flexible hours, life insurance, food/meal discounts, and stock options.