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Baker Salary (United States)

Hourly pay for Bakers in the United States typically comes in around $10.52 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $8.11 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $15.03. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by experience level and location. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by two in five and dental insurance is reported by just under a third. Female Bakers are more common than men; more than half (65 percent) of Bakers are women. For the most part, Bakers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed 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 (?
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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$17,085 - $35,362  
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 (?
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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$17,085 - $35,362  
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 top-notch employers for Bakers in this area. Those at Hostess Brands, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $38K. Also paying near the top of the field are Panera LLC at $25K, Panera Bread Company at $24K, and Whole Foods Market, Inc., where Bakers annually earn $24K.
Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at The Kroger Company — the median salary comes to just $18K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Other low-paying employers include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $19K and Dunkin' Donuts at $20K, though some Bakers there earn up to $32K.

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 for the relatively untried average out to around $21K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $25K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $27K. Bakers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $32K. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up one in seven of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one-tenth.

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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Chicago
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Denver
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Phoenix
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Orlando
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With a pay rate for Bakers that is 31 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Cleveland, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and New York, top-paying markets where Bakers rake in more than the national norm (+29 percent, +25 percent, +18 percent, and +17 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Orlando is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Denver and Phoenix are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 7 percent less than the median.

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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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%