Bakers in the United States take home approximately $11.29 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Bakers — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing — stretch from around $18K to approximately $36K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by the particular city and experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — the larger part lack coverage. On the flip side, close to two-fifths have medical insurance and just under one in three receive dental plans. Female Bakers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 63 percent of professionals. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,320 - $57,173
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$18K
$31K
$57K
MEDIAN: $30,566
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$8.70 - $15.45
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$18,320 - $57,173  
   
Bonus
$100.00 - $4,865  
Profit Sharing
$10.21 - $19,574  
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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$18,252 - $35,889  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 172
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.70 - $15.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10 - $3.50  
Overtime
$12.12 - $23.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$100.00 - $4,865  
   
Profit Sharing
$10.21 - $19,574  
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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$18,252 - $35,889  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,762
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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, 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

National Average: $24,480

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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).

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

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National Average
$24,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 269 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
medical benefits
Vision: 24%
dental benefits
None: 57%
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