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Baker Salary

Earnings for Bakers in the United States come in at around $10.70 per hour on average. Compensation ranges from $8.15 per hour on the lower end to $15.22 on the higher end. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than half lack any form of coverage — but just over two-fifths have medical insurance, and just under one in three have dental, too. Most Bakers report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Bakers are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (63 percent) are women. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,613 - $56,627
(Median)
$20K
$30K
$57K
MEDIAN: $30,442
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$8.15 - $15.22
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$15
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$19,613 - $56,627  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,004  
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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$17,137 - $35,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 201
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.15 - $15.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.24 - $3.14  
Overtime
$10.33 - $24.07  
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$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,004  
   
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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$17,137 - $35,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,547
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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 leaders in the field that employ a large number of Bakers. Hostess Brands, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $38K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Whole Foods Market, Inc., Publix Super Markets Inc, and Panera LLC, top-paying firms where Bakers rake in a solid $30K, $27K, or $26K, respectively.

Earnings fall especially short at The Kroger Company, where the median salary of $18K is the lowest in the field, less than half of the top paying company's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Great Harvest Bread Co. at $19K, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc where $20K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Bakers there earn up to $34K.

Pay by Experience Level for Baker

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


Bakers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $21K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $26K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $28K. Bakers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $31K.

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
63 %
Male
37 %

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%
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