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.Read More...
In order to become a baker, training in the culinary arts may be required depending on the establishment. Perhaps more important than formal training is know-how and talent. If a baker also owns the bakery, he or she will not report to anyone; a baker working at a restaurant or a shop will report to the manager of the establishment. A baker must be able to tolerate fairly warm temperatures, as most of the day will be spent near an oven. They also must be comfortable with staying on their feet all day and able to pay close attention to the progress of their baked goods.
- 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, Safeway, Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Panera LLC are top-notch employers for Bakers in this area. Hostess Brands, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $38K on average. Other leaders in compensation levels are Whole Foods Market, Inc. at $31K, Hy-Vee, Inc. at $28K, and Panera LLC, where Bakers annually earn $27K.
Tim Hortons Inc, Dunkin' Donuts and Great Harvest Bread Co. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $19K, $19K, and $21K.
Pay by Experience Level for Baker
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $23K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $27K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Bakers make a median salary of $29K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $31K.
Pay Difference by Location
Bakers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 33 percent. Bakers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+27 percent), Miami (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), and Minneapolis (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Houston (11 percent lower) and Pittsburgh (7 percent lower).