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Baker Salary

An average Baker in the United States can expect to take home roughly $10.69 per hour. Pay ranges from $8.15 per hour on the low end to $15.20 on the high end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by geography and experience level. Work is enjoyable for Bakers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Bakers who responded to the questionnaire — 64 percent to be exact. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, a majority are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by nearly two in five and dental insurance is reported by just under a third. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$19,621 - $56,561
(Median)
$20K
$30K
$57K
MEDIAN: $30,461
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$8.15 - $15.20
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$8
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$15
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
$19,621 - $56,561  
   
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 - $35,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 202
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.15 - $15.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.24 - $3.14  
Overtime
$10.47 - $24.01  
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 - $35,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,541

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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


Bakers flock to Panera Bread Company, Dunkin' Donuts, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Safeway, Inc., and Panera LLC, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. For Bakers, comfortable salaries can be found at Hostess Brands, Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $38K, the highest in the area. Whole Foods Market, Inc., Publix Super Markets Inc, and Panera LLC also offer top salaries for Bakers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $29K, $27K, and $26K, respectively.

The Kroger Company pays significantly less than other places with a median salary of $18K, 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Bakers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $21K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $26K. Bakers see a median salary of $28K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Baker with more than 20 years of experience can earn $31K on average.

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 35%

Experienced
up arrow 19%


National Average
$23,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 299 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: 41% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 57%
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