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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. Median pay for Panera Bread Company workers sits around $9.52 per hour, and overtime compensation can push that up to $15.26. Geography influences pay for Panera Bread Company workers the most, followed by your role at the company and how long you've been working. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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How This Employer Pays

Panera Bread Company typically pays:
above market
Similar employers pay:
below market
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About This Company

Richmond Heights, Missouri 63117

Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places, Bakery

Panera Bread

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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.

Key Stats for Panera Bread Company


59 %
41 %
Hourly Rate
$8 - $11
Hourly Rate
$8 - $12
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

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