Average Hourly Rate for Panera Bread Company Employees

Based in Richmond Heights, Mo.,restaurant player Panera Bread Company offers many employment opportunities, including Baker and Cashier positions. Panera Bread Company laborers see wages hovering around $9.18 per hour. Adding overtime bumps the median up to $15.39. At Panera Bread Company, the biggest piece of the paycheck puzzle is where you live — it impacts salary more than anything else — though your job title and how long you've been working each factor into the equation as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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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 $13.50 per hour) can be spotted in Sacramento, Calif.; San Antonio, Texas (about $10.25), Jacksonville, Fla. ($9.99), and Overland Park, Kan. (approximately $9.75) are the next top-paying cities. Baltimore, Md. is near the bottom for pay at $7.61. By state, Panera Bread Company pays its Massachusetts employees the most; the pay rate there is $11.25 per hour.


Catering Coordinators are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing around $11.06 per hour on average; Bakers are next on the list, bringing in close to approximately $10.72, followed by Line Cooks earning $9.17 and Sales Associates making $8.64. Earning only $8.30 on average, Cashiers make less than most people in the company.

Years of Experience

For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to about $11.06 per hour. The largest fraction of Panera Bread Company people (59 percent) have been working for one to four years and earn around $8.99 per hour on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Specialists have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at $12.50 per hour. Employees who have a Bachelor's Degree make the most here, hauling in $10.46 per hour.


When it comes to skills, People Management seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of $11.12 per hour. One of the more prevalent skills at Panera Bread Company is Customer Service, with more than half considering it a key competency. Cash Handling, Customer Relations, and Food Preparation were also reported by many survey participants.

Benefits and Perks

The larger part of employees save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Perks cover health insurance for a majority of employees and dental coverage for two in five workers. A few more workplace perks are free drinks, flexible hours, life insurance, food/meal discounts, and stock options.

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Key Stats for Panera Bread Company


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43 %
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$8 - $11
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$8 - $12

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

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