Baker Salary

Pay for Bakers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $10.75 per hour. Pay ranges from $8.17 per hour on the low end to $15.23 on the high end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Bakers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 64 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than half lack coverage. On the flip side, just over two-fifths have medical insurance and just under one in three receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Bakers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,477 - $55,692

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$8.17 - $15.23

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$19,477 - $55,692  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,003  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $3,020  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$17,174 - $35,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 195
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.17 - $15.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.24 - $3.09  
Overtime
$10.04 - $23.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,003  
   
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $3,020  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$17,174 - $35,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,620
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Job Description for Baker

A baker spends the day creating various baked goods for their establishment, perhaps including artisan breads, specialty desserts, or simple dinner rolls. Bakers usually either work shifts in the morning or evening; they may also work from morning to night, which is especially true of a baker who owns their own bakery. A baker can work in a variety of settings, including a bakery, a restaurant, or another food service establishment. Some bakers own their own bakeries, and some work under the owner of their establishment.

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Baker Tasks

  • Oversee baking production and test quality level.
  • Apply glazes, icings, and toppings to baked goods.
  • Measure, blend, mold, store, and prepare baked goods according to recipe, quality, and presentation standards.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Baker


Panera Bread Company, Dunkin' Donuts, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Safeway, Inc., and Panera LLC are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Bakers. Hostess Brands, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $38K on average. Whole Foods Market, Inc., Hy-Vee, Inc., and Panera LLC also offer top salaries for Bakers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $31K, $28K, and $27K, respectively.

Considering that the median salary at The Kroger Company is a shallow $17K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is less than half of the top paying company's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $19K, and Dunkin' Donuts where $19K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Bakers there earn up to $29K.

Pay by Experience Level for Baker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Bakers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $22K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $26K. On average, Bakers make $28K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $31K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Baker Reviews

What is it like working as a Baker at Safeway, Inc.?

Baker in Forest Hill:
"Hours Are Flexible, Work Environment Good, Work Is Enjoyable"
Pros: Enjoy making the breads, pastries and cakes.
Cons: The under staffing and management lack of filling vacancies making current staff overworked. The pay scale for position considering the experience it takes to do job.

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Experience Affects Baker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$23,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 298 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 56%
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