Baker Salary (United States)

The average Baker in the United States earns approximately $10.52 per hour. Pay begins at $8.11 per hour on the low end and climbs to $15.03 near the top. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by tenure and location. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits—more than half lack coverage. On the flip side, 41 percent have medical insurance and 28 percent receive dental plans. Female Bakers are more common than men; more than half (65 percent) of Bakers are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Baker Salary (?
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$19,700 - $56,335
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MEDIAN: $30,478
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Baker Salary (?
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$8.11 - $15.03
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$19,700 - $56,335  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,005  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $2,990  
Total Pay (?
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$17,085 - $35,362  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 194
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.11 - $15.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.24 - $2.58  
Overtime
$9.26 - $23.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,005  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $2,990  
Total Pay (?
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$17,085 - $35,362  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,453
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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.

Baker Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Baker

Panera Bread Company, Dunkin' Donuts, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Safeway, Inc., and The Kroger Company are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Bakers. Bakers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Hostess Brands, Inc., where typical salaries come to $37,778. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Panera LLC, Panera Bread Company, and Whole Foods Market, Inc., where Bakers typically earn around $24,873, $23,771, or $23,735, respectively.
Considering that the median salary at The Kroger Company is a shallow $18,077, it is not surprising that this company ranks last in employee 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 company's rate. Other low-paying employers include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $19,414 and Dunkin' Donuts at $20,472, though some Bakers there earn up to $33K.

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 salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Beginning workers can expect to earn $21K starting out, which grows to $25K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $27K after 10 to 20 years. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and Bakers tend to earn $33K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 15 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 5 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; most of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Boston
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Cleveland
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Philadelphia
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San Francisco
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New York
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Los Angeles
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Houston
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Portland
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Minneapolis
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Seattle
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National Average
$23,000
Dallas
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Denver
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Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Bakers, 31 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Cleveland, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and New York, where Bakers annually earn 29 percent, 25 percent, 18 percent, and 17 percent more than the national average. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Orlando, 10 percent below the national average. Workers in Denver and Phoenix earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-7 percent and -7 percent).

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.

Experience Affects Baker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$23,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 284 votes.

Gender

Female
65%
female alumni
 
Male
35%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
53%
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: 20% employee benefits None: 57%
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