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Baker Salary

Bakers in the United States pull down an average of $10.70 per hour. Pay ranges from $8.14 per hour on the low end to $15.18 on the high end. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and experience level are driving factors as well. Some workers in this field — more than half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than two-fifths and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly less than a third. There are more female Bakers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 64 percent. The majority of Bakers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$19,512 - $56,141
(Median)
$20K
$30K
$56K
MEDIAN: $30,416
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$8.14 - $15.18
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$19,512 - $56,141  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,008  
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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$17,107 - $35,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 199
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.14 - $15.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.24 - $3.14  
Overtime
$10.17 - $23.89  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,008  
   
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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$17,107 - $35,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,509

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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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Bakers include Panera Bread Company, Dunkin' Donuts, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Safeway, Inc., and Sodexo, Inc. Hostess Brands, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $38K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Whole Foods Market, Inc. at $29K, Publix Super Markets Inc at $27K, and Panera LLC, where Bakers annually earn $27K.

The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is The Kroger Company, where the median salary is just $18K — less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Great Harvest Bread Co., and Dunkin' Donuts also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $19K for all three.

Pay by Experience Level for Baker

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


For Bakers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $21K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $26K. Bakers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $28K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Bakers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $32K.

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
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$23,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 297 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
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 56%