Baker Salary

Bakers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $10.91 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.27 per hour and $15.35. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though the particular city and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Female Bakers are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (64 percent) are women. Most Bakers report high levels of job satisfaction. A majority of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, nearly two in five report medical coverage and just under a third claim dental coverage as well. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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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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MEDIAN: $10
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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


Many Bakers can be found at Panera Bread Company, Dunkin' Donuts, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Safeway, Inc., and Panera LLC, firms that are at the top of the field. For Bakers, comfortable salaries can be found at Hostess Brands, Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $38K, the highest in the area. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Whole Foods Market, Inc., Hy-Vee, Inc., and Albertson's Inc., where Bakers typically earn around $30K, $28K, or $27K, respectively.

The Kroger Company offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary less than half of the top paying employer's rate ($18K). 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $22K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $26K. Bakers bring in $28K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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

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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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