Average Hourly Rate for Panera Bread Company Employees

Operating out of Richmond Heights, Mo., restaurant company Panera Bread Company employs talent in positions ranging from Baker to Cashier. Panera Bread Company workers earn an average of $9.18 per hour normally and $15.39 during overtime hours. Geography influences pay for Panera Bread Company workers the most, followed by your role at the company and your experience level. This report is based on 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 ($13.50 per hour) can be spotted in Sacramento, Calif.; San Antonio, Texas ($10.25), Jacksonville, Fla. (approximately $9.99), and Overland Park, Kan. ($9.75) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Baltimore, Md. at around $7.61. Within the firm, employees working in Massachusetts take home the most — about $11.25 per hour on average.


The highest average salaries go to Catering Coordinators, who bring in close to $11.06 per hour, though Bakers are not far behind at about $10.72 along with Line Cooks (approximately $9.17) and Sales Associates (around $8.64). Cashiers at Panera Bread Company do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions ($8.30 on average) at the company.

Years of Experience

For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $11.06 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 $8.99 per hour on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach approximately $12.50 per hour for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Specialists; non-accredited workers make much less. Employees who have a Bachelor's Degree make the most here, hauling in $10.46 per hour.


In this position, it pays to have People Management in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of $11.12 per hour. It's pretty common to find people here who know Customer Service; just over a half consider it a key competency. Other skills in demand are Cash Handling, Customer Relations, and Food Preparation.

Benefits and Perks

To plan for old age, the larger part of survey participants maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. A majority of employees have health insurance, and benefits for about two in five workers also include dental insurance. The list of perks also includes 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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Job Satisfaction

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

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