Baker Salary

Bakers in the United States take home an average $10.77 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $8.17 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $15.25. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and tenure are driving factors as well. For the most part, Bakers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Bakers who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, the larger part are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than two-fifths and dental insurance is reported by just under a third. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,441 - $56,827
(Median)
$19K
$30K
$57K
MEDIAN: $30,472
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$8.17 - $15.25
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$19,441 - $56,827  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,004  
Profit Sharing
$99.67 - $3,010  
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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$17,165 - $35,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 201
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.17 - $15.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.23 - $3.09  
Overtime
$10.58 - $24.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,004  
   
Profit Sharing
$99.67 - $3,010  
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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$17,165 - $35,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,617
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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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Bakers. Hostess Brands, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $38K. Whole Foods Market, Inc., Panera LLC, and Publix Super Markets Inc are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Bakers earning around $30K, $27K, or $26K at each firm, respectively.

Considering that the median salary at The Kroger Company is a shallow $18K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Also approaching the lower end are Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Great Harvest Bread Co., and Dunkin' Donuts, each paying $19K.

Pay by Experience Level for Baker

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


For Bakers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $22K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $26K. Bakers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $28K. 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
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National Average
$23,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 300 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
14%
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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