Baker Salary

Bakers in the United States take home approximately $10.91 per hour on average. Earnings sit near $8.27 per hour on the lower side but can approach $15.35 on the higher side. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and experience level. While the greater part report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and just under a third have dental, as well. More than half of Bakers (64 percent) survey participants are women. Work is enjoyable for Bakers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$19,520 - $57,825
(Median)
$20K
$31K
$58K
MEDIAN: $30,551
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$8.27 - $15.35
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$19,520 - $57,825  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,029  
Profit Sharing
$98.99 - $2,959  
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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$17,410 - $35,432  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 210
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.27 - $15.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $2.87  
Overtime
$10.63 - $24.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,029  
   
Profit Sharing
$98.99 - $2,959  
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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$17,410 - $35,432  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,946
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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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Bakers include Panera Bread Company, Dunkin' Donuts, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Safeway, Inc., and Panera LLC. Hostess Brands, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $38K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Whole Foods Market, Inc., Hy-Vee, Inc., and Albertson's Inc., top-paying firms where Bakers rake in a decent $30K, $28K, or $27K, respectively.

With a median salary of only $18K (less than half of the top paying employer's rate), The Kroger Company lags significantly in the earnings department. Other low-paying employers include Dunkin' Donuts at $19K and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $20K, 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.


For Bakers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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 who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $28K. 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 $32K.

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
$24,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 339 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
medical benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 57%
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