Average Hourly Rate for Panera Bread Company Employees

Richmond Heights, Mo.-based Panera Bread Company hires for positions ranging from Cashier to Sales Associate in the restaurant. On average, Panera Bread Company employees receive $9.55 per hour. When overtime pay is included, this wage rises to $15.23. At Panera Bread Company, the biggest piece of the paycheck puzzle is your city — it impacts salary more than anything else — though what you do at the company and your experience level each factor into the equation as well. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Panera Bread Company Hourly Rate


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Sales Associate
49 profiles

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Line Cook
22 profiles

Retail Shift Supervisor
18 profiles

Customer Service Associate
14 profiles

Catering Coordinator
14 profiles

  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Jun 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 367
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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 ($12.67 per hour) can be spotted in Chicago, Ill.; St. Louis, Mo. ($10.50), Columbus, Ohio ($10.13), and Orlando, Fla. (about $9.28) are the next top-paying cities. At approximately $8.36, Jacksonville, Fla. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. Across Panera Bread Company's U.S. offices, employees in the state of California earn the most, taking home around $10.93 per hour.


The highest average salaries go to Bakers, who bring in close to $12.35 per hour, though Catering Coordinators are not far behind at about $11.32 along with Retail Shift Supervisors ($10.38) and Line Cooks (around $9.13). Financial compensation for Customer Service Associates is rather low — on average only approximately $8.63 — relative to the rest of the company.

Years of Experience

Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $11.14 per hour on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (61 percent) have been working for one to four years and make $9.34 per hour on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Servsafe food manager certifications earn $12.00 per hour, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. At Panera Bread Company, employees who hold a Certificate (Cert), Culinary Arts receive the highest pay at around $13.00.


Employees who count People Management among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $11.47 per hour. Customer Service also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; a strong majority of employees surveyed report using it at work. Many workers are also familiar with Cash Handling, Customer Relations, and Food Preparation.

Benefits and Perks

More than a third of workers save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Perks cover health insurance for more than two-fifths of workers and dental coverage for nearly one in three workers. The list of perks also includes free drinks, food/meal discounts, flexible hours, a casual working environment, food/meals, and company store discount.

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Key Stats for Panera Bread Company


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Hourly Rate
$8 - $11
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$8 - $12

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 93 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
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